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Royal Holloway MA Courses 2015-16

The Royal Holloway, University of London Intercollegiate MA programme offers a fully integrated programme in Ancient History, Classics, and Classical Art and Archaeology. The curriculum is designed, and provided in collaboration, with our sister Colleges in London. Offerings vary from year to year, but we are able to put a globally impressive and varied programme in the Classical disciplines, with upwards of fifty courses available in any year. Note that this page lists only those courses which will run under Royal Holloway direction in 2015–6; to see the full menu of courses available you will also need for now to consult the separate lists of courses run by UCL and KCL. (A consolidated list of all courses available will be provided at the Intercollegiate MA induction in September 2015, but in the meantime the three separate College course pages give a good indicative sense of what at this stage is likely to be running.)


Taught by Royal Holloway Classics 2015-16



Language Modules


CL5120 – Advanced Latin A – 20 Credits (67952) Autumn Term

Course director: TBC

The course will consist of study of one set text in Latin, in either prose or verse, to be selected annually; the focus will be on translation, context and understanding of grammar in this text. Students will also work on an independent project related to their own area of research expertise in order to refine their understanding of the issues posed by translation and interpretation in this area.

Assessment: x2 in class tests (The coursework grade will be the best mark of the two tests) 40%, 3000 Word Project/Essay.

Time and place of teaching: Autumn Term, Thursdays - Senate House Room 263 - 18.00-20.00


CL5121 – Advanced Latin B – 20 Credits (67950) Spring Term

Course director: TBC

The course will consist of study of one set text in Latin, in either prose or verse, to be selected annually; the focus will be on translation, context and understanding of grammar in this text. Students will also work on an independent project related to their own area of research expertise in order to demonstrate why the Latin of a selected passage is worth examination, how discussion of it has influenced scholarship, and how direct engagement with the Latin enhances their own research.  Prerequisites: Advanced Latin A.  Assessment:  x2 in class tests (The coursework grade will be the best mark of the two tests) 40%, 3000 Word Project.

Time and place of teaching: Spring Term, Thursdays - 18.00-20.00, Senate House Room TBC



Literature Modules


CL5031 - The Ancient Novel - 20 credits (68619) Autumn Term

Course Director: Dr Nick Lowe (n.lowe@royalholloway.ac.uk)

A course on the major extant works of Greek and Roman prose fiction, with texts studied in translation. Principal texts will be Chariton, Callirhoe; Xenophon of Ephesus, Ephesiaca; Longus, Daphnis and Chloe; Achilles Tatius, Leucippe and Clitophon; Heliodorus, Aethiopica; Petronius, Satyrica; Apuleius, Metamorphoses. Aspects to be studied include origins and antecedents; genre and audience(s); cultural and literary contexts; narrative form and technique; ecphrasis & excursus; irony, parody, satire, and subversion; love, sexuality, and the person; reflections and reinventions of history; ethnicity and cultural self-definition in the Hellenistic and Imperial oikoumene; religion and religiosity; intimations of Christianity; fragmentary and summary novels; and literacy and literary form between roll and codex.

Assessment: essay of c. 4,000 words.

Term,time and place of teaching: Mondays 2–4 in Autumn term, central London (probably Senate House, but room tba)



CL5115 / 7AACM731/HISTGA03 Latin Epigraphy - 40 credits (64471) full year 



Course Directors: Dr Benet Salway, UCL History (b.salway@ucl.ac.uk), Dr John Pearce, KCL Classics (john.pearce@kcl.ac.uk), and Prof. Boris Rankov, RHUL Classics (b.rankov @rhl.ac.uk)

This course is designed to introduce students to both the practical study and the interpretation of Latin inscriptions of all types. The classes will survey the ex – panding resources available for the study of Latin inscriptions, including electronic resources as well as traditional printed corpora; the production of epigraphic material from the point of view of those commissioning it and the individual craftsman; the development and the decline of ‘epigraphic habit’; and the analysis and interpretation of the texts in the broader context of the artefacts, monuments or buildings to which they were attached. Students will learn how to measure and record inscriptions; how to read and interpret epigraphic texts; and how to edit and prepare epigraphic texts for publication. They will study and interpret a wide variety of examples different types of inscriptions: official, public, private and graffiti, from Rome, Italy and the provinces.  It is intended to make use as much as possible of photographs and of epigraphic material in the various collections in central London.

Prerequisites: Students entering this module must usually have a good pass in Beginners’ Latin or the equivalent (as a minimum). Some reading knowledge of Italian, French, and German is also desirable.

Assessment: two epigraphic commentaries of c. 3,000 words (worth 60%) and one essay of c. 4,000 words (worth 40%).

Time and place of teaching: Tuesdays, 2.00-4.00pm in central London (venue tba).


History Modules


CL5300X  Sources and Methods in Ancient History - 40 Credits (67681) full year 

Course Director:  Dr Christos Kremmydas


The course provides an introduction to some of the disciplines, methodologies, problems and themes that may be encountered by those undertaking research work in the field of ancient history. The topics covered range from papyrology, numismatics and archaeology to general issues of method in ancient history. The objective is that students beginning research should be equipped with the knowledge, skills and bibliography that will enable them to develop a research project and pursue it successfully. Seminars are given by staff with personal research interests in the topics discussed.   The course is taught by 18 experts from different London colleges.  This is the core course for the M.A. in Ancient History.

Assessment: 2 Essays up to 5,000 words each, 50% each.

Time and Place: tbc


CL5305 Greek Law and Lawcourts -40 Credits - (62452) – full year

Course Director:  Professor Lene Rubinstein


Our main evidence for the Athenian democracy in the fourth century are the speeches composed for delivery in court. At the same time, the speeches also offer a unique insight into Athenian social relations and social values through the stories told by individual litigants to their audiences consisting of large number of ordinary citizens who were serving as judges. This course offers an opportunity to study the ways in which the lives of the inhabitants of late fifth and fourth century Athens – citizens, resident aliens, and slaves – were regulated by the city's laws, and equally important how this normative framework could manipulated and sometimes even subverted by members of the community. The course will also offer an introduction to classical Athenian rhetoric, and the seminars will focus on the rhetorical strategies adopted by Athenian litigants in a wide variety of contexts. A broad range of Athenian lawcourt speeches in translation will be complemented by the study of texts (also in translation) by Plato, Xenophon and Aristophanes. The course is delivered through 20 lectures (shared with BA students) and 20 dedicated MA seminars.

Assessment:  Three coursework essays of ca. 3,000 words each. 

Time and place of teaching: tbc


CL5306: A Social and Economic History of Roman Italy

Course Director: Professor Richard Alston (r.alston @rhul.ac.uk)

What makes a society? What makes a society work? Since the birth of political economy in the eighteenth century we have understood there to be a fundamental link between politics and economics and that societies are shaped by their economics. Most pre-industrial writers, insulated by their individual wealth from the vagaries of the economy, simply assumed that economics worked themselves and that political structures reflected a natural economic and social system. This appears to have been the view of Roman elites. Yet, economics underpinned the operation of Roman society and politics, whether it be in the emergence of the imperial drive in the early Roman Republic, a drive centred on the poverty and land hunger of the Roman population, the emergence of a wealthy and distinct landed aristocracy in the third and second centuries BC, and the further development of that aristocracy on the back of empire, the growing crisis of the Republic (associated with the Gracchi and Marius) or the Republic’s Fall, brought down by soldiers seeking economic and political rewards. This course will explore the relationship between economics and politics, a relationship as complex in antiquity as it is today, and seek new ways, to understand that relationship and the course of Roman history.  Assessment: One essay plan (formative)  One essay 4000 – 4500 words (summative) by an agreed date.

Time and place of teaching:  Bedford Square, Royal Holloway Annex: Thursdays 11-1, Spring term ?

CL5115 / 7AACM731/HISTGA03 Latin Epigraphy - 40 credits (64471) full year 


For details of this course please see under Literature Modules above.

Archaeology Module


CL 5700X Research Training and Dissertation in Classical Archaeology  (64416) – 0 credits

Course Director: Dr Zena Kamash

Core Course for Intercollegiate MA in Classical Art and Archaeology. Full details for 2015–16 to follow.

Time and place of teaching: Fridays 2.00–4.00 in central London (venue tbc). 




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