Royal Holloway, University of London

Course Introduction

This course gives an overall view and appreciation of Greek history and culture, from the Homeric and Classical age, through the Hellenistic and Roman times, the Byzantine and Post'Byzantine period to the modern world. Its diachronic and interdisciplinary nature enables you to examine the elements which characterise Hellenic culture through the centuries, at the same time helping the student to acquire a deeper knowledge of a certain period and discipline; including philosophy, history, law, religion, theatre, language, literature, papyrology and palaeography.

Course Modules

Core course units: the Greek tradition; the Hellenic tradition, scope and methodology; Homer and his legacy; the tradition of Athens and Sparta; classical Greek philosophy, Plato and Aristotle; emergence, evolution, and the development of the Classical in literature; the tradition of classical art and architecture; Greek drama and its reception; education and the Greek heritage in the Hellenistic and Roman period; the ancient polis and the developments of urbanism in the Eastern Mediterranean in late antiquity; philosophy in late antiquity, neoplatonism; the Hellenic tradition in Byzantium, Christianity and Greek Paideia; the Hellenic tradition in Byzantine education; the Hellenic tradition and Byzantine scholarship; the Hellenic tradition and Byzantine historiography; the Hellenic tradition in Byzantine art; the Hellenic identity in Byzantium; Byzantium and the Italian Renaissance, the teaching and the diffusion of classical texts in the West; the Hellenic tradition in the Post'Byzantine period; the Hellenic tradition and the Enlightenment, Philhellenism and the Greek War of Independence; the Hellenic tradition in the modern world; skills course unit; students will take one of the following units: classical Greek language, either beginners' ancient Greek for research; or intermediate ancient Greek for research; Byzantine Greek (2) language; aspects of modern Greek language and culture; comparative philology of Latin and Greek; the Greek Dialects; Greek Epigraphy; Greek Papyrology; Greek Palaeography, either Elementary Greek Palaeography or Greek Palaeography; dissertation; elective course units, students will take one of the following units, Homer (in Greek); Greek lyric poetry; four Greek plays; attacking the theatre; defending the theatre; the ancient novel (in translation); dialogues of Plato; sources and methods in ancient history; territory and identity in ancient Greece; the aegean from the first farmers to Minoan states; the late Bronze Age aegean; the economic and social history of Archaic and classical Greece; Greek religion in a Mediterranean society; studying ancient myth; Pausanias; city of Rome; the city of Rome (British school at Rome annual postgraduate course); Greek pottery and painting; ancient mosaics, making and meaning; living in Byzantium: material culture and built environment (ca. AD 300'1500); Alexander's afterlife; ancient Greek Theatre and its reception; approaches to the reception of the classical world; Greeks & Jews; the reign of Constantine 1; Byzantium and the first crusade; Byzantium and the fourth crusade.

Course Additional Entry

UK lower second class Honours degree 2.2 or equivalent.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £13,500 ???abroad???
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £5,700 ???home???
2 years
Part Time
MA (Postgraduate)