Ancient History is a broad discipline encompassing the history, literature, religion, philosophy, political institutions, social customs, art and architecture of the ancient Mediterranean peoples, particularly the Greeks and Romans.

As the early Mediterranean cultures provided the foundations of Western civilisation their study is still relevant today.

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Why Choose

Studying Ancient History enables you to apply historical methods to a range of significant questions in Greek and Roman history and critically analyse ancient evidence and modern opinion. Through a diverse range of courses you will cover not only important individuals and their achievements, but also the development of ideas, daily life and material culture.

As a student of Ancient History you will have the opportunity to take courses that make extensive use of the University’s antiquities collection, and others involving trips to Greece and Italy.

The study of Ancient History provides ideal training for any job that requires you to research, structure, and present an argument. You will find graduates working in museums, publishing, the diplomatic corps, secondary schools, media organisations, and the public service.



An Honours program in Ancient History introduces you to advanced research techniques, methodologies, writing and communication skills required for professional research. 

Research Opportunities

Summer Research program

Undergraduate and postgraduate students can apply to take part in research projects over the summer vacation period to gain experience working alongside leading UQ researchers.

Research Higher Degree projects

Research Higher Degree students within the School are engaged in a diverse range of research projects.