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With a BA (Classical Studies) at Massey you will study the past, understand the present and help build the world of tomorrow.
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Knowledge of ancient Greece and Rome is essential for an understanding of our own modern civilisation. Through their language, philosophy, science, medicine, law, political institutions, art and architecture, the Greeks and Romans had a profound and lasting influence on world culture. They also created and developed nearly every genre of Western literature.
With a Massey BA (Classical Studies), you can trace meaningful connections between classical antiquity and our own 21st-century civilisation.
Classical studies is interdisciplinary - you can study what you enjoy, and explore subject areas that spark your interest. You can explore the classical world from many angles: literature, history, art, mythology, religion, war, sexuality, and interaction with other civilisations such as Egypt.
With a Massey BA (Classical Studies) you can take a variety of courses to suit your interests, and acquire and develop a diverse range of skills. Our evidence for the ancient world is challenging; it is sometimes fragmentary, sometimes obscure, often biased or distorted. At Massey you will make sense of it through argument and interpretation.
Massey offers passionate and friendly lecturers, a world-class distance-learning programme and multimedia learning materials.
“My growing appreciation of ancient society has been a highlight of this major…”
While I have a science background and completed a DipScTech, my BA (Classical Studies) opened my eyes to the incredible ancient world that once existed. The freedom to express myself and my growing appreciation of ancient society has been a highlight of this major. Few areas of study provide that freedom and such vibrant and effective lecturers, eager to hear a student’s unique take upon the subjects they teach. The ability to conduct in-depth research and convey that understanding in a clear meaningful way is a skill this major engenders as well. The ancient world is a fascinating, relevant area of study; the ancients’ philosophy and wisdom never age, and history has a tendency to repeat itself.
The study of classics fosters critical thinking, research skills, and organisational techniques, together with the broader understanding of our culture. These skills can lead to careers in any of the fields below, as well as many others.
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