Why study Classics at Leeds?

Classics is an exciting and wide-ranging discipline, covering all aspects of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds: not just the history and literature, but diverse subjects such as religion, philosophy, mythology, art and architecture, and the reception of the classical world in modern times.

Our enthusiastic lecturers are often leading scholars in their field, and in our research we all share a concern for the lived experience of Graeco-Roman antiquity as evidenced in its literature, religion, philosophy and values, and material culture. At Leeds, you will find that our research translates directly into learning opportunities for our students: research feeds into our teaching, such that we can provide you with one of the largest and most exciting range of Classical study options in the UK. For example, would you like to:

•learn or continue learning ancient Greek or Latin?

•read the great works of classical poetry, such as the mythological epics of Homer and Virgil, or ancient tragedy and comedy?

•appreciate the masterpieces of Greek sculpture and vase painting, and find out what they can tell us about Greek society?

•experience what it was like for a Roman to attend a religious festival?

•get to grips with how Greek philosophers understood the world around them or argue with Aristotle about how to be human?

•understand how ancient Roman cities originated and developed, and what activities went on within them? 

•know how democracy worked when it was first invented?

•analyse the ways in which the classical world has been manipulated in modern film and TV?

Not only do we offer a wide range of topics to study; we also encourage you to engage with different forms of assessment which develop transferable skills desired by employers:

•essay writing develops skills in written expression

•seminars and presentations develop verbal communication and team work

•participation in online discussion forums, and construction of websites or PowerPoint posters, develop advanced IT skills and team work. 

We are also developing ways to enable students to showcase their excellent work to outside audiences, such as schools and local institutions such as museums. You may also choose to take a study abroad or work placment year which will take place between the second and third year of your course.