Classics and Ancient History

Classics and Ancient History combines the in-depth study of fascinating ancient civilisations with the intellectual challenges of studying language, literature, archaeology, and history. This course will focus specifically on the 'invisible' Greeks and Romans, attempting to uncover the experience of everyday life in the ancient world, not just for elite male politicians or writers, but shopkeepers, slaves, bakers, dancers, gladiators, and fortune-tellers.


6 x 4 hour sessions, to be held on weekdays between January and July, both in and out of term time.

Session 1 Wednesday 23rd January 2019 11:00–15:00 Streatham Campus
Session 2 Monday 4th February 2019 11:00–15:00 Streatham Campus
Session 3 Thursday 14th March 2019 11:00–15:00 Streatham Campus
Session 4 Wednesday 3rd April 2019 11:00–15:00 Streatham Campus
Session 5 Friday 21st June 2019 11:00–15:00 Streatham Campus
Session 6 Tuesday 23rd July 2019 11:00–15:00 Streatham Campus

Activity Locations

All subject activity sessions will take place on the University of Exeter Streatham campus.

Meeting point: Streatham campus main reception

Subject Activity Strand Content

Classics and Ancient History will give you a real taste of what it is like to be a Classics and Ancient History student, experiencing lectures, seminars, and social activities first-hand. You will gain insight into cutting-edge research on the ancient world from leading academics from Exeter, and current students will share with you their experiences of student life.

Each session will focus on a different aspect of the subject as we attempt to uncover what everyday life in Greece and Rome was like for those men and women whom we encounter far less often in the historical record, exploring literature, inscriptions, art, architecture, and graffiti. You will also have the opportunity to take challenging taster classes in Latin and Ancient Greek, even if you have never studied either subject before, and our lecturers and students will work with you to develop your study skills, from revision tips to writing essays.

The course is designed to introduce you to the breadth of the subject and the latest theoretical approaches to it, and to equip you with the kind of critical skills that are a central part of the first-year experience at university.


This subject activity strand has contributions from the following degree programmes:

  • BA Classics
  • BA Classical Studies
  • BA Ancient History & Archaeology

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this subject activity strand. 

Pass Criteria

A minimum of 5 out of the 6 subject activity sessions must be attended, in addition to the Exeter Scholars Student Conference.