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Classics in First Arts
Classics in First-Year Arts 2016–17
Curiosity about human nature lies at the heart of the Arts course and in Classics you will study some of the oldest (and newest) ways of answering such fundamental questions as ‘What makes us human beings?’.
The core modules in the first year give you an introduction to Greek and Roman cultures, both literary and material. You will read Greek myths and Roman poetry while studying the art and architecture created in those societies. In ‘Written Words and Spoken Languages’ you will study the origins and development of languages and the writing systems used to record them. Finally, ‘Classics in Twenty Objects’ gives you a tour of Classical studies from the Ancient Mediterranean to Renaissance Europe by focusing on the objects of our research.
No previous knowledge of Classics is necessary for any of these modules.
During the year you will also gain valuable skills. You will learn how to write an academic essay, complete with references and bibliography, how to give a short presentation, how to discuss your views in small groups, and how to become an independent learner. In second- and final-year Classics at Galway you will have the opportunity to continue working on many of the same themes in greater depth. The course focuses on history, art and architecture, language and literature, and the classical tradition. In addition, you have the option to begin studying Latin or Greek in second year and to continue in the third year if you find you enjoy it.
CC108 Myth and Religion in the Ancient City
Dr Eóin O’Donoghue on the art and archaeology of ancient Greece: Monday, 3pm, Ó Tnúthail Theatre
Prof. Michael Clarke on Greek mythology and the origins of literature: Tuesday, 5pm, Ó Tnúthail Theatre
CC114 Written Words and Spoken Languages 1
Dr Mark Stansbury on reading and writing in the ancient world: Wednesday, 12pm, IT125 (first floor)
CC1100 Classics in Twenty Objects 1
Members of the Classics staff on the objects we study: Thursday, 12pm, Ó Tnúthail Theatre
CC109 Rome and the Genesis of Europe
Dr Eóin O’Donoghue on the city of Rome from Romulus to Augustus: Wednesday, 12pm, IT125G (ground floor)
Dr Pádraic Moran on Virgil and Roman identity: Thursday, 12pm, Ó Tnúthail Theatre
CC114 Written Words and Spoken Languages 2
Dr Jacopo Bisagni on the roots of European languages: Tuesday, 5pm, Ó Tnúthail Theatre
CC1100 Classics in Twenty Objects 2
Members of the Classics staff on the objects we study: Monday, 3pm, Ó Tnúthail Theatre
The Ó Tnúthail Lecture Theatre is located on the first floor of the Arts Millennium Building.
IT125 is located on the first floor of the IT Building and IT125G is located on the ground floor of the IT Building.