Classics is the study of ancient languages, literatures and cultures of the Meditteranean basin from around 2000 B.C. to 600 A.D. It embraces three civilisations: Greek, Roman and Roamn Minoan-Mycenaean: two languages: Greek and Latin; and a geographical and encompassing Europe, the Near East, North Africa and Egypt. The ancient Greek and Roman civilisations are foundational to western culture, and so still relevant to today's world in may ways. Greek. Greek philosophy is the basis of western philosophy, and much of western literature is inspired by the literature and mythology of Greece and Rome. The concept of democracy originated in ancient Athens.
The Classics Department offers a wide range of courses, covering ancient literature, history, politics and society, religion, mythology, etymology, philosophy, art and architecture; and because of their many links with other subjects, these courses will be useful for many humanities students. The Greek and Latin languages are taught from beginner's level on a reading-based approach, leading to the reading of textx of major authors at higher levels.
The attempt to understand and appreciate classical antiquity by means of a variety of modern methodologies and disciplines necessarily informs our understanding and appreciation of contemporary society and culture