Classical Archaeology and Ancient History (CAAH)

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CAAH offers you the opportunity to study the history, archaeology and art of societies and cultures of the ancient Mediterranean. The course lasts three years and involves work both in university classes led by an archaeologist and historian, and in tutorials. An integrated approach is encouraged from the start.

You can read papers in a very wide range of subjects from ‘Homeric Archaeology’ to ‘The Formation of the Islamic World’, and including ‘Thucydides and the West’, ‘Tacitus and Tiberius’, and ‘Egyptian Art and Architecture’ to name only a few. In the first year two core papers focusing on key periods from Greek and Roman history and archaeology are read alongside two special subjects; in the last two years of the degree there is even more scope to choose papers reflecting your interests. Fieldwork is required in the first long vacation, and one Finals paper is a report on a site or object(s) in a museum. There are also opportunities to learn Latin and/or Greek, although this is not a requirement.

Christ Church has excellent library resources, a large number of tutors and undergraduates in both Classics and history, and offers a friendly and supportive environment in which to pursue your interest in texts and monuments from the Classical world. Christ Church graduates in CAAH have gone on to do postgraduate work in classical archaeology, in ancient history and in practical archaeology, and to jobs in heritage consultancy, teaching, banking, and accountancy.

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