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Course code: ARTS
CAO/PAC code: MH101
Points: 310
QQI: Yes click here for details
Closing date: 01 July 2024
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Greek and Roman Civilization involves study of the history, literature, art, philosophy and material culture of two of the most influential periods in human history.
As an interdisciplinary subject, Classics spans an immense range of human experience over some 1700 years, from the late Bronze Age through to the “fall” of the Roman Empire. Greek and Roman civilizations were of foundational importance for medieval, Renaissance and modern Europe, and can claim an almost global impact.

  • In Maynooth, students are introduced to the complexities and diversity of the ancient Mediterranean cultures, through many perspectives. Themes explored in individual modules include mythology and the gods; war and heroism; colonies, cities, civilization and “the barbarian”; ideologies of empire; people and elites; women and gender; friendship, sexuality, and norms of beauty; ideas of justice, law, happiness, and the holy.
  • All material is studied in English translation. No previous knowledge of the subject is required or expected. Options exist for students to take modules in Greek and/or Latin languages as part of the programme in Greek & Roman Civilization

Tradition and influence. Study of Greek and Roman civilizations goes back to the foundation of Maynooth as a college in 1795. All the “greats” have studied Greece and Rome in some form, including (but not limited to) Karl Marx, W.B. Yeats, Seamus Heaney and J.K. Rowling.

The Department enjoys an excellent reputation for both teaching and research. Staff are friendly, and relatively small class sizes allow students to get individual attention and feel at home.

Interdisciplinary. Few other degrees offer as much, from heroic epic and lyric songs to philosophical systems to imperial politics. An all-round education that complements many other courses, laying the foundation for success in many careers and walks of life.

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