Classical Archaeology and Ancient History


There are up to 2 places for Classical Archaeology and Ancient History. See also Ancient and Modern History; Classics.

Why study Classical Archaeology and Ancient History at St Hilda’s?

At St Hilda’s we have been committed to and enthusiastic about Classical Archaeology and Ancient History since the degree course admitted its first students in 2001. CAAH students approach the civilizations of Greece and Rome through their written texts, visual art and material remains, and the course is accessible to anyone with a strong enthusiasm for studying the Classical world.

CAAH students across the University work towards the same degree. At St Hilda’s we have a strong tradition of supporting students from a diverse range of backgrounds to realise their potential and achieve excellent results. From the purely practical provision of generous travel grants, to a lively social calendar, we are confident that the study of CAAH here is both academically rigorous and enjoyable. CAAH students at St Hilda’s are part of a large and vibrant Classical community at the undergraduate, postgraduate, and senior levels, with regular invited speakers and social events. This is a friendly and academically challenging environment in which students flourish and develop, as they receive the support needed to achieve their full potential.

Generous bequests mean that we are fortunate enough to be able to offer substantial financial help towards the cost of travel to Classical sites around the Mediterranean world, and we encourage students to make the most of this opportunity for broader travel, in addition to the field-work which is a compulsory part of the course.

The St Hilda’s Classics Society is set up and run by undergraduates, the society hosts regular speakers on classical themes, as well as social events such as dinners, classical film nights and trips to museums.

Subject Tutors

CAAH is unusual among Arts subject in the extent to which its teaching is centralized across colleges. The CAAH students at St Hilda’s work under the overall guidance of our fellow in Ancient History, Professor Katherine Clarke.

The Classics tutors host a party every term for all the classical students at St Hilda’s.

After St Hilda’s?

St Hilda’s graduates in CAAH have gone on to a diverse set of careers. Many remain so enthusiastic about the subject that they choose to go on to do further research or museum work. Others have gone on to careers in law, theatre and journalism.

Further information

Further application information

Many applicants for Classical Archaeology and Ancient History have become interested in the Classical world through studying Classical Civilization, Latin, Greek or Ancient History at school, but there are no specific course requirements. There are opportunities, for those who wish, to learn the Classical Languages from scratch at university, though this is primarily a degree in history and material culture. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds, including those who have had little or no opportunity to study the Classical world at school.


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