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HIST6133 Themes in the Ancient World

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Sources and key concepts in the areas chosen for study;
  • Approaches taken by historians to the selected themes;
  • The Ancient World through the selected themes.


Ancient history covers a vast geographical and chronological span, from Ancient Egypt to Classical Greece, from Rome to Imperial China, and from the Mediterranean into Europe, Africa, and the Near East. This module allows you to explore your interest in the Ancient World, and to learn about approaches to studying its past. Themes may include: representations of power; cultural interaction in the ancient world; and religious diversity (from polytheism to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam). We could also cover: war and the military in society; gender in myth and history; travel, mobility, and migration; or the afterlife of the ancient world.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The current intention is to deliver teaching for this module online. If circumstances allow, some form of blended delivery methods, including seminars, workshops, or individual tutorials may be introduced if it is safe for all concerned to do so. However, delivery will remain entirely online if face to face teaching is not possible or advisable.

Independent Study130
Total study time150



MethodPercentage contribution
Written assignment 100%
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