Department of Greek & Latin


MA Philosophy & Religion Courses

Dr Jenny Bryan (UCL)
*+20 credits
Meets: Tuesdays 10-12 (Term 1)
This course offers students the opportunity to explore two aspects of the interaction between philosophy and literature in the Classical World. The first is what philosophers such as Plato and Aristotle have to say about the nature of poetry. The second, not unrelated, aspect is the way that the form and content of ancient philosophy can be seen to be significantly related. Students will look at a range of texts from across the ancient canon, including the Presocratics, Plato's dialogues, Seneca's letters, Cicero's dialogues and Lucretius' didactic verse. This course can also be taken by students at UCL on other MA programmes as a 15 credit option (CLASGG14).
Assessment: one 5,000 word essay
Place: UCL

Dr Fiona Leigh (UCL)
20 credits  Please look at description of 15-credit version: PHILGA14
Meets: tbc (Term 2)
This combined upper level undergraduate and graduate level course aims to familiarize students with a range of Aristotle's philosophical arguments and analyses of the world as he encountered it. Topics include Aristotle's logic (Prior Analytics), hylomorphic metaphysics (Metaphysics), causation (Physics), virtue ethics (Nicomachean Ethics), philosophy of mind (de Anima), and epistemology (Posterior Analytics).
Assessment: one 5,000 word essay
Place: UCL -- room tbc

Dr Fiona Leigh (UCL)
*20 credits Please look at description of 15-credit version: PHILGA34
Meets: tbc (term 2)
The course will focus on Plato's later dialogue, the Sophist, and Fiona Leigh's draft manuscript of a new reading of this dialogue, from start to finish. Issues and topics to be addressed include what is involved in giving a philosophical definition of a kind, the ontological status of mimetic representations, modes of being, the comparative status of Forms and participants, and the nature of falsehood. Some of the central claims to be defended will be that the method of collection and division and the more analytic method of dialectic are compatible, Forms are treated as causes, not universals, in the dialogue, and not‐being is analysed as equivalent to difference
Assessment: one 5,000 word essay
Place: UCL -- room tbc

NB  PHILGA37 and PHILGA39 are the only MA modules in the UCL Department of Philosophy which are offered to MA Classics students.

Dr Julietta Steinhauer (UCL)
*20 credits
Meets: tbc
This course explores the possibility of a 'religious identity' as an innovation of the Hellenistic Greek world and the changes in the history of religion that were perhaps necessary to pave the way for Christianity. The focus will be upon one aspect in the religious life of the people in the Aegean during the Hellenistic period that is known to us mainly from sources other than literature, namely religious associations. These groups of worshippers are recorded mainly in Greek poleis from the end of the fourth century BC, a period in which these cities experienced a huge influx of immigration from all over the Mediterranean and beyond, which brought with it new rituals, deities and religious traditions.
Assessment: one essay of 5,000 words max.
Place: UCL

UCL Greek and Latin MA timetable at a glance.

For rooms, please consult the UCL Online Timetable.Other courses in Ancient and Mediaeval History are taught at KCL and RHUL