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In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in Semester 1, 2021.

This course component will be available to study remotely for students commencing in Semester 1, 2021. Please note that some units of study that are not essential to completing the course component may not be available to be studied remotely.

Note: The University intends to offer as many units of study as possible in a remote as well as face-to-face learning method of delivery in Semester 1, 2021 and subject to ongoing border closures and public health orders impacting attendance on campus, in Semester 2, 2021. However, some units of study and courses require students to study in-person at the relevant University of Sydney campus/es and host locations for placements and will not be available remotely.

About this major

The Ancient History major invites you into the worlds of ancient Greece and Rome, using their myths, images, inscriptions, artifacts written history and literature as evidence.

Study the ideas, politics and cultures of the Classical world by looking at political systems, religion, law, mythology, slavery, refugees, science and late antiquity. Read (in translation) ancient epic, drama and poetry in its social and historical contexts and appreciate the impact of these works on later ages (including modern media).

You will be encouraged to ask important questions about leadership, democracy and the rule of law, human rights, religions and the role of myths, poetry and story-telling in human communities and be inspired to think about how and why history is written.

Our world is full of the memories and monuments of Classical Greece and Rome. Many ideas and concepts that we value were developed - and debated - by communities whose similarities and differences from our own continue to be thought provoking. Your major progresses from junior units which lay a foundation for your future study by providing key training and skills, through to senior (intermediate and then advanced) units that focus on developing your skills and treat particular themes or periods in detail. It is designed to help you to understand the historical and cultural importance of the Classical world and to evaluate the legacy of that world today.

For more information on the program structure and content including unit of study information, please refer to the Arts and Social Sciences Handbook. 

This major is offered by the Department of Classics and Ancient History.

Graduate opportunities

Our graduates enter a wide range of careers. Examples include:

  • Archivist
  • Collections officer
  • Cultural project officer
  • Gallery and Museum curator
  • Government adviser
  • Historian
  • Journalist
  • Public Relations Officer
  • Researcher
  • Teacher
  • Travel and tourism consultant
Career pathways
Courses that offer this major

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Units of study in this major

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