UCC Undergraduate courses

Arts - Greek & Roman Civilisation

About This Course

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Course Outline

Year 1 Module

  • GR1001 Greek and Roman Civilisation (15 credits)

This course covers the history and culture of ancient Greece and Rome, from Rome's foundation, c. 753BC, until the eclipse of Greek and Roman culture in the East, c. AD750. This includes the study of mythology, literature (poetry, prose, drama), art, architecture, and military and political history. No knowledge of the ancient languages is required, but you will also be given the opportunity to learn some Greek or Latin if you wish to do so.

Year 2

You choose from a variety of modules according to availability and interest. The topics will include:

  • Greek Epic Literature
  • The Rise of Christianity
  • Roman Imperial History AD14-68
  • Greek Mythology
  • Roman Epic Literature.

Year 3

You choose from a variety of modules according to availability and interest. The topics will include:

  • Alexander the Great
  • The Christian Gospels
  • Ireland and the Roman World
  • Spectacle in the Roman World.

See the College Calendar for additional information on the Programme and the Book of Modules for further information on the modules.

Course Practicalities

All modules in Years 2 and 3 are 5-credit modules of 24 lectures each. There are no tutorials in any year.


Written exams will take place before Christmas and in May. Not all modules will have formal examinations. Many modules use other types of assessment.

Year 1 is assessed by a class test at the end of each semester, as well as a three-hour examination at the end of the year. Assessment varies from module to module in Years 2 and 3, but usually includes a 1.5-hour examination at the end of the year.

Who teaches this course

The modules are taught by Dr. David Woods, a specialist in the military and political history of the Roman Imperial and Late Antique periods, Dr. Catherine Ware, a specialist in the literature of the Roman Imperial and Late Antique periods, Dr. Crystal Addey, a specialist in Greco-Roman religion and philosophy of the Roman Imperial and Late Antique periods, Sean Murphy, and John Newman.

Why Choose This Course

Key facts

  • A knowledge of Greek & Roman Civilisation is essential for an understanding of the history and culture of Europe, even today
  • The classes are small after the first year, and permit far more personal attention and discussion than is possible in larger disciplines
  • The Department of Classics at UCC has a particular strength in the study of Roman history and numismatics (the study of coins)
  • The Boole Library in UCC has one of the best classical collections in Ireland and provides a marvellous resource for both undergraduates and postgraduates
  • A unique emphasis is placed on the importance of numismatics (study or collection of currency including coins) as well as the literary evidence in most of the historical lectures. 

Placement or Study Abroad Information

Study abroad

If you are studying through the BA International, you will spend Year 3 studying at one of our partner universities abroad. We currently have links with universities in: Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden Mexico, and the USA .

Work placement

If you study through the BA or the BA International, you will have the opportunity to avail of a work placement in Year 2. You can find out more here.

Skills and Careers Information

The detailed analysis of often contradictory ancient sources, accompanied by a study of the often equally contradictory modern interpretations of the same, will train you in the critical analysis of arguments and evidence in order to encourage rigorous critical and independent thought.


Refer to CK101 and CK108.

Non-EU Applicants

Non-EU applicants are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate. In addition, where such appicants are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language.

To verify if you meet the minimum academic and language requirements visit our qualification comparison page and refer to our International Office page for more information.

Fees and Costs

Refer to CK101 and CK108.

For International Fees see our Fees Schedule page.

How Do I Apply

Refer to CK101 and CK108. Students choose Arts subjects when registering for first year.

EU Applicants

The Central Applications Office (CAO) processes applications for undergraduate courses in Irish Higher Education Institutions. Refer to the CAO page for further information.

Mature Applicants (age 23 or over)

All interested mature applicants must make an application through the Central Applications Office (CAO). See the CAO Mature Applicants and the Mature Students Admissions Pathway (MSAP) pages. Visit our Mature Student Entry page for more information.


See our QQI/FET Applicants page for information on the Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI)/Further Education and Training (FET) application process.

Non-EU Applicants

Non-EU applicants apply online via the UCC Apply portal. See our International Office page for more information.

All Applicants

Please note that the modules listed are indicative of the current set of modules for this course and are subject to change from year to year. Check the College Calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year. 

  • In UCC, we use the terms programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments. 

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