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Classics (or Ancient Classics) is the study of the origins of European civilisation, focusing particularly on the cultures of ancient Greek and Rome.
The study of Ancient Classics—including authors such as Homer, Herodotus, Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Virgil, Horace, Ovid—has been a central part of humanities education and a shaping influence on Western culture since the Middle Ages, through the Renaissance and down to modern times.
Classics is available as a subject choice in the BA degree at NUI Galway, and you may choose to study it for one year only or to continue with Classics into second and third year as one of your two degree subjects. Our First Arts course offers a general introduction for students who have no prior background in the discipline.