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Open University: Classical Studies (F27)

Institution Open University
Department The Open University
Telephone 0300 303 5303
Study type Taught


This fascinating course examines many different aspects of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds – their literature, history, archaeology, languages and material culture – through a scholarly tradition that is both fast-moving and long-standing. You'll investigate the different disciplinary areas within Classical Studies, and you will come into direct contact with a wide range of evidence from classical antiquity including literary texts and material artefacts, which you’ll examine from multiple theoretical and methodological perspectives. You will also acquire and develop research skills that will enhance your knowledge of the ancient Greco-Roman world and prepare you for independent study, culminating in a dissertation.

Key features of the course

  • Explores the question of ‘how we know what we know’ about the ancient civilisations of Greece and Rome

  • Takes an interdisciplinary approach to studying the ancient body, from birth, through ancient medicine, dress and beauty to death

  • Draws on cutting-edge research by members of the Classical Studies department

  • Concludes with a substantial piece of independent research on a topic of your choice.


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