Classics and Ancient History (including Byzantine Studies and Modern Greek)
Subject Benchmark Statement
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Below you will find the full Subject Benchmark Statement for Classics and Ancient History (including Byzantine Studies and Modern Greek). Alongside it, we have also published a summary designed to provide a short and accessible overview of the main Statement for students, employers and academics.
About this subject
Courses in Classics and Ancient History (including Byzantine Studies and Modern Greek) can cover art, archaeology, history, language and linguistics, literature, philology, philosophy, law, science and medicine of the ancient world and their reception in later periods. They recognise the interconnected nature of Greek and Roman societies with each other and with other cultures of the Mediterranean and beyond, with awareness of cultural influence, conflict, blending and borrowing.
Graduates are highly valued by employers for their broad skill sets, developed through working with an unusually wide range of topics, periods, places and source materials, requiring high levels of intellectual flexibility. Linguistic aptitude, critical analysis, high levels of creativity and skills in researching, organising and presenting material are developed. Engagement with ancient culture provides exposure to many fundamental questions of life still relevant today and creates a basis for approaching questions of the contemporary world.
Professor Gesine Manuwald - Chair of the Advisory Group
Professor of Latin and Head of Department - Department of Greek and Latin, University College London (UCL)
This new guidance is intended to take account of recent changes within the understanding of ‘Classics and Ancient History’, to support the integration of these movements into education in Classics and Ancient History and also to situate the subject area within 21st century society. The revised Statement has received considerable support and positive feedback from across the subject community; it should be a great resource for supporting the development of a variety of high-quality, innovative courses within the broad area of classics and ancient history.
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