Department of Archaeology and Ancient History

Classical archaeology and Ancient History

The classical Greek and Roman cultures form the focus of this subject, which also encompasses the study of other classical Mediterranan cultures from the Early Bronze Age (c. 3000 BC) to the first Byzantian era (6th century AD).

It includes areas that have been directly influenced by the Graeco-Roman cultural sphere, from the Greek Bactria in present-day Afghanistan to Roman Britain, as well as different cultures such as Persians and Celts.

Classical archaeology is interdisciplinary and the Classical period is studied from perspectives of archaeology, history and art history. The undergraduate training touches upon social, political and economic history as well as philosophy, religion and literature. Therefore, students will encounter different types of archaeological, iconographical (i.e. imagery) and historical source material. In addition to the preserved Classical literature, this latter material encompassesboth monumental inscriptions and everyday graffitti. In addition, the Classical heritage is included as a special theme.

Although in many cases, the source material is immensely rich, it can also me fragmented and open to different interpretations. Studies in Classical archaeology trains the student's abilities to survey and process large amounts of information and his/her source critical performance.The subject also provides valuable insights into historical and societal processes and increases the understanding of modern society and Western culture, since our contemporary art, literature and politics abound with Classical references.

After three terms of study, Classical archaeology can form the main (major) subject of a bachelor's degree, which qualifies the student to continued studies at an advanced level. Degrees as master (one or two years) are offered in Classical archaeology, and holders are qualified to apply for doctoral studies. The Swedish Institutes in Rome, Athens and Istanbul offer courses, usually at an advanced level, which provides a unique opportunity to focus on Mediterranean archaeology. As an andvanced level students, there are also good possibilities to participate in Swedish excavations in Greece, Italy and Turkey.

Classical archaeology is also the perfect complement to studies in other humanistic subjects, such as history of art, archaeology or the histoty of science and ideas. From the autumn term of 2009, students can also apply to the Bachelor's program in Classical studies, where Greek, Latin and Classical archaeology can be used in different combinations of the student's choice of major and minor subjects.

The subject's chair is Professor Gunnel Ekroth, and one other professor works in the department together with readers, lecturers and postgraduate students.

Responsible for research: Gunnel Ekroth

Why should I choose the Classical Archaeology and Culture-direction?

Gunnel Ekroth, professor of Classical Archaeology and Culture, explains the BA program's Classical Archaeology and Culture-direction.

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