Department of Greek & Latin

AW First Year Options

Options for incoming First Year students 2016-17

Athenian tetradrachm

In choosing your first year courses, you need 4 units in total. You need to choose

  • one unit of Greek or Latin language at the right  level  for you
  • a History course and an Archaeology course
  • and to select your other options from the lists below, as follows:
0.5 1 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5
Approaches to the
Ancient World
Greek or Latin
option *option *option

*option: up to one unit may comprise electives


  • The 0.5 unit CLAS1204 Approaches to the Ancient World (core course)
  • At least one unit of Greek or Latin language
  • At least 0.5 unit of History courses
  • At least 0.5 unit of Archaeology courses


  • Your remaining  1.5  units  can  be  made  up  of  a  mixture  of  courses  in  Classical languages, literature and  culture, archaeology and history  from  the  lists  below, according to your interests
  • Up to 1 unit of this may be used to study elective courses from outside the Ancient World programme
  • It  is not usually possible to start both Latin and Greek at Beginners level in the First year. If you wish to learn both languages from scratch, you can take up your second Beginners level language in your Second year (alongside the Intermediate level of your first language).


You must do at least 1.0 unit of either Greek or Latin language. 
These  courses  are  taught  by  the  Department  of  Greek  &  Latin  and  have  codes starting with GREK or LATN.

If you are a beginner:

  • GREK1001 Greek for Beginners A (0.5, Term 1) & GREK1002 Greek for Beginners B (0.5, Term 2)
  • LATN1003 Latin for Beginners A (0.5, Term 1) & LATN1004 Latin for Beginners B (0.5, Term 2)

If you have GCSE

If you have A level

  • GREK2006 Greek Texts 1 (1.0, Terms 1 & 2)
  • LATN2008 Latin Texts 1 (1.0, Terms 1 & 2)


You must do at least 0.5 unit of one of the following History courses.

These courses are taught by the Department of History and have codes starting with HIST.

The following two courses are specially designed for Ancient World students, and are the recommended History course options for 1st year.

Places on these courses are guaranteed for all Ancient World 1st year students:

· HIST1011A Sources for Greek History (0.5, Term One)

· HIST1010B The Romans and their Past (0.5, Term Two)

The following courses are also available, but places are not guaranteed. If you are interested in taking one of these courses, you will need to contact the History Department to find out if places are available. Places are allocated on a first come first served basis:

· HIST6102 The Near East 1200-300 BC: Empires and Pastoralists (1.0, Terms 1 & 2)

· HIST6105 The Roman Empire from Augustus to Theodosius I (1.0, Terms 1 & 2)

· HIST6106 The Hellenistic World from Alexander to the end of the Attalid Kingdom (1.0, Terms 1 & 2)


You must do at least 0.5 unit of one of the Archaeology courses listed below.
These  courses  are  taught  by  the  Institute  of  Archaeology  and  have  codes  starting with ARCL.

  • ARCL1002 Introduction to Roman Archaeology (0.5, Term 2) 
  • ARCL1004 Introduction to Greek Archaeology (0.5, Term 1) 
  • ARCL1009 Introduction to Egyptian and Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology (0.5, Term 2)


These courses are taught with all texts  in translation, and require no knowledge of
Latin or Greek. They are taught by the Department of Greek and Latin and have codes starting with CLAS.

  • CLAS1201 Greek Myth (0.5, Term 2)
  • CLAS1202 Roman Life and Thought (0.5, Term 1)
  • CLAS1205 Interpreting Greek Literature (0.5, Term 1)
  • CLAS1206 Interpreting Latin Literature (0.5, Term 2)
  • CLAS1301 Introduction to the Study of Language (0.5, Terms 1 & 2)


You may  choose up to 1 unit of  courses  from outside  the Ancient World syllabus.
These may  be  taken  from  anywhere  across  UCL. You may wish  to  take other  History  and  Archaeology  1st  year  level  courses  beyond  the  ones  listed  here (e.g.  courses  on  periods  or  places  beyond  the  remit  of  the Ancient World  degree, which  is  the ancient Mediterranean and Near East); a modern  language; any other subject that interests you …

To investigate courses which you might take as electives, you will need to consult the website  of  the  relevant  department  for  their  course  listings,  and  then  visit  that department to ask whether the course you have in mind 

  • is suitable  for  first years
  • accepts outside students
  • has space.