The ancient civilizations of Greece, Rome and the Middle East laid the foundations of modern literature, culture and politics. Graduate studies in Classics and Ancient History at ANU offer you the opportunity to explore these ancient worlds and better understand the contemporary world.
The graduate degrees in classical studies offer you the opportunity to explore the languages, literature and mythology of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds as well as their history, culture and social life. You can develop your perspective not only on the ancient world but, importantly, on the modern world too.
The University’s teaching and research strengths are both in language and literature and in ancient history. In literature we have special strengths in ancient Greek and Roman epic but are interested in all other genres. Our ancient historians encompass both Greek and Roman history from the early archaic period down to, and including, the Roman Empire, and you can access the wealth of resources available in the ANU Classics Museum.
The skills you acquire in analysing arguments, interpreting texts, and writing clearly and convincingly are highly coveted by employers. The study of cultures other than your own will open your mind. The study of Ancient Greek and Latin, as languages, makes you conscious of your use of your own language and writing style. Classics graduates have become university teachers and administrators, professional research writers, senior public servants, museum curators, school teachers, journalists and librarians.