Honour School of Classical Archaeology and Ancient History

A

  • 1. The Honour School of Classical Archaeology and Ancient History shall consist of such subjects as the Board of the Faculty of Classics shall prescribe by regulation from time to time.

  • 2. No candidate shall be admitted to the examination in this school without either having passed, or having been exempted from, the First Public Examination.

  • 3. The examination shall be under the supervision of the Board of the Faculty of Classics, which shall appoint a standing committee to consider matters relating to the examination and to the Preliminary Examination in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History.

  • 4. Candidates shall be required to take part in approved fieldwork as an integral part of the course. The fieldwork requirement shall normally have been discharged before the beginning of Michaelmas Term in the candidate’s second year.

  • Note: It cannot be guaranteed that university lectures or classes or college teaching will be available in all subjects in every academic year. Candidates are advised to consult their tutors about the availability of teaching when selecting their subjects.

B

  • 1. Each candidate shall offer the following:

  • I An option from List A

  • II An option from List B

  • III An option from List C

  • IV An option from Lists B, D or F*

  • V An option from Lists C, E or F*

  • VI Any other option from Lists A-E

  • VII A site or museum report

  • *No more than one language option from List F may be taken.

  • Subjects 407-13 and 601-5 below will be examined in accordance with the regulations for the Honour School of Literae Humaniores. For each of these subjects, a detailed specification will be given in the Greats Handbook applicable to the relevant year of examination. Detailed specifications for all other subjects in the Honour School will be given in the CAAH Finals Handbook applicable to the relevant year of examination. Both handbooks will be published by Monday of Week 5 of Hilary Term two years preceding the examination.

  • Any candidate whose native language is not English may bring a bilingual (native language to English) dictionary for use in any examination paper where candidates are required to translate Ancient Greek and/or Latin texts into English.

    • A. Integrated Classes

      • 621:  Rome, Italy and the Hellenistic East c. 300-100 BC: archaeology and history

        622:  Imperial Culture and Society, c. AD 50-150: archaeology and history 

    • B. Core Papers: Classical Archaeology

      • 601: The Greeks and the Mediterranean World, c. 950-500 BC

        602: Greek Art and Archaeology c.500-300 BC

        604: Art under the Roman Empire, AD 14-337

        605: Roman Archaeology: Cities and Settlement under the Empire

    • C. Core Papers: Ancient History

      • 408: Alexander the Great and his Early Successors (336 BC-302 BC)

        471: The Greek City in the Roman World from Dio Chrysostom to John Chrysostom

        482: Thucydides and the Greek World 479-403 BC

        485: Republic in Crisis: 146-46 BCRoman History 146-46 BC

    • D. Further Papers: Classical Archaeology

      • 631: Egyptian Art and Architecture

        632: The Archaeology of Minoan Crete, 3200-1000 BC

        633: Etruscan Italy, 900‐300 BC

        634: Science-Based Methods in Archaeology

        635: Greek and Roman Coins

        636: Mediterranean Maritime Archaeology

        637: The Archaeology of the Late Roman Empire, AD 284-641

    • E. Further Papers: Ancient History

      • 407: Athenian Democracy in the Classical Age

        410: Cicero: Politics and Thought in the Late Republic

        412: Religions in the Greek and Roman World, c.31 BC-AD 312

        413: Sexuality and Gender in Greece and Rome

      • [For students starting from MT 2018: 415: The Achaemenid Empire, 530-330 BC]

        472: St Augustine and the Last Days of Rome, 370-430

        473: Epigraphy of the Greek and/or Roman World

    • F. Classical Languages

      Each subject will be examined in one paper of three hours. Detailed specifications and prescribed texts for subjects 571-574 will be published in the CAAH Finals handbook not later than Monday of Week 5 of Hilary Term two years preceding the examination.

      • 571: Intermediate Ancient Greek This paper is available only to those undergraduates who offered Prelims paper C.1 and, with the permission of the Standing Committee, to others with equivalent knowledge of Ancient Greek. It is not normally available to candidates with a qualification in Ancient Greek above AS-level or equivalent, nor to those who took paper C.3 Intermediate Greek in the preliminary examination.

        572: Intermediate Latin This paper is available only to those undergraduates who offered Prelims paper C.2 and, with the permission of the Standing Committee, to others with equivalent knowledge of Latin. It is not normally available to candidates with a qualification in Latin above AS-level or equivalent, nor to those who took paper C.4 Intermediate Latin in the preliminary examination.

        573: Advanced Ancient Greek This paper is designed for those with AS or A2 level Greek.

        574: Advanced Latin This paper is designed for those with AS or A2 level Latin.

  • VII A Site or Museum report, prepared in accordance with Regulation 3 below. The report must be on

    • Either

      • A. an excavation or archaeological site, based as far as possible on participation or autopsy and on a consideration of all relevant historical and archaeological sources;

    • Or

      • B. a coherent body of finds from one site or of one category, based as far as possible on autopsy and on a consideration of all relevant historical and archaeological sources.

  • VIII An optional Additional Thesis, prepared in accordance with Regulation 3 below.

    • 2. Candidates may also be examined viva voce.

    • 3. Theses and Site or Museum reports.

      • (a) This regulation governs theses submitted under Regulation 1.VIII, and the Site or Museum report submitted under 1.VII.

      • (b) The subjects for all theses and for the Site or Museum report must, to the satisfaction of the Standing Committee, fall within the scope of the Honour School of Classical Archaeology and Ancient History. The subject may, but need not, overlap any subject on which the candidate offers papers. Candidates should avoid repetition in papers of materials used in their theses, and may be penalised for substantial repetition.

        (c) Candidates must submit the following to the Academic Support Officer, Ioannou Centre, 66 St Giles’, not later than the Friday of Week 1 of Trinity Full Term in their second year: (i) the title of the proposed thesis or report, together with (ii) a synopsis of the subject in about 100 words. The Standing Committee shall decide whether or not to approve the title and shall advise the candidate as soon as possible.

        (d) Every thesis or report shall be the candidate's own work. Tutors may, however, discuss with candidates the field of study, the sources available, and the method of presentation, and may also read and comment on a first draft. The amount of assistance a candidate may receive shall not exceed an amount equivalent to the teaching of a normal paper. Candidates must submit a signed declaration that the thesis or report is their own work.

        (e) Theses and reports previously submitted for the Honour School of Classical Archaeology and Ancient History may be resubmitted. No thesis or report shall be accepted which has already been submitted, wholly or substantially, for another Honour School or degree of this or any other institution. No thesis or report shall, however, be ineligible because it has been or is being submitted for any prize of this university.

      • (f) No Site or Museum Report or Thesis shall exceed 10,000 words (the limit to include all notes and appendices but not including the bibliography). No person or body shall have authority to permit the limit of 10,000 words to be exceeded. Where appropriate, there shall be a select bibliography and a list of sources.

      • (g) All theses and reports must be typed in double spacing and printed on one side only with any notes and references at the foot of each page.

      • (h) Candidates wishing to change the title of a thesis or report after it has been approved may apply for permission to make the change to the Chair of the Standing Committee for Classical Archaeology and Ancient History, c/o the Academic Administrative Officer (email: undergraduate@classics.ox.ac.uk) no later than 5 pm on the Friday two weeks before the submission deadline.

      • (i) Candidates shall submit two copies of any thesis or report, identified by their candidate number only, not later than noon on Friday of Week 9 of the Hilary Full Term preceding the examination to the Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford, addressed to the Chair of the Examiners, Honour School of Classical Archaeology and Ancient History.