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Greece, Rome and the Near East

This is a programme geared towards preparing you for higher research into the interaction of the classical world with the Near East - partly through direct research training, and partly through modules taught by experts in their field in small-group seminars. The relationship between the classical world and neighbouring civilisations is among the most important and most rapidly expanding areas of classical scholarship, and we have particular strength in this field: we offer tuition in Akkadian, and can draw on the resources of the Oriental Museum in Durham and the expertise pooled in the Centre for the Study of the Ancient Mediterranean and the Near East. The programme lasts for one year full-time (two years part-time).

Course modules

Core Modules: Classical Research Methods and Resources, Compulsory language module (Latin for research/Ancient Greek for research/another ancient language/modern language), Core module for Greece, Rome and the Near East (in 2016-17, options were Akkadian or The Queen of the Desert: Rise and Decline of Palmyra's Civilization), Dissertation. Optional Modules: Optional modules are offered according to the current research interests of members of staff. In recent years, optional modules available in the Department have included: Akkadian, Ancient Philosophers on Necessity, Fate and Free Will, Ancient Philosophers on Origins, Animals in Graeco-Roman Antiquity, Forms After Plato, Greek Text Seminar on Homeric Epic, Greek Sacred Regulations, Latin Love Elegy, Latin Text Seminar on Roman Epic, Life and Death on Roman Sarcophagi, Monumental Architecture of the Roman East, Religious Life in The Roman Near East, Rewriting Empire: Eusebius of Caesarea and the First Christian History, The Classical Tradition: Art, Literature, Thought, The Queen of the Desert: Rise and Decline of Palmyra's Civilization, The Roman Republic: Debates and Approaches.

Assessment methods

The programme is assessed through a variety of types of coursework, including essays, portfolios and presentations, and a dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2018 GBP 17,325 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2018 GBP 7,245 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MA Part-time October 2018 GBP 9,600 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2018 GBP 4,000 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years

Campus details

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Durham University DH1 3LG North East

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Department of Classics and Ancient History
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