Postgraduate - Area of study

Students who commenced study in 2013 should refer to this area of study entry for direction on the requirments; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your area of study.

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Managing facultyFaculty of Arts
Offered bySchool of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.


NOTE: This area of study entry has had one or more changes made to it since publication on 1 October 2012. For details of changes, please consult the 2013 Handbook change register2013 Handbook change register (

Areas of research specialisation in classical studies include:

  • ancient comparative literature and religion
  • ancient erotic mythology and ritual
  • ancient Greek drama (especially Old Attic Comedy)
  • Augustan literature and propaganda
  • the interaction of the Greek/Hellenistic world with its Near Eastern neighbours
  • the reception of classics in the Italian Renaissance and in contemporary Italy.

For up-to-date information about research areas, refer to the staff and research interest sections on the classical studies website at


Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Research)

Students complete 48 points comprising a core thesis (24 points) and coursework honours units (24 points) chosen from the list below.

Thesis units

  • ATS4003 SOPHIS honours thesis (24 points)
  • ATS4004 SOPHIS honours thesis part A (12 points) and ATS4005 SOPHIS honours thesis part B (12 points)

Coursework units

Students complete:

  • ATS4702 Research seminar: Ritual and drama, the politics of antiquity (12 points)

plus an additional 12 points from the following units:

  • ATS4257 Reading the ancient past (12 points)
  • ATS4345 Research methods in classical antiquity (12 points)
Course coordinator

Dr Eva Anagnostou-Laoutides

Further courses

For a list of units studied or course outlines, refer to the relevant courses.

Relevant courses

  • 3937 Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Research)
  • 2695 Master of Arts*
  • 0020 Doctor of Philosophy*

*By research