Classics in First Year Arts 

For full details about our undergraduate programme, consult the Classics Student Handbook, available on our Undergraduate Classics page.

Why study Classics?

Orientation week

Watch Dr Edward Herring's presentation below, given during our first year Orientation Week for 2020–21.

Choosing your modules

Classics is distinct from several other subjects in First Year Arts by offering students a range of choices, depending on their interests.

All Classics modules count for 5 ECTS credits. Depending on your programme, during First Year you will take the following credits in Classics:

  • 15 ECTS credits (3 modules) = three lectures per week each semester:
    Typically students taking BA Connect programmes (Bachelor of Arts with Children's Studies, Creative Writing, Film Studies, Human Rights, Performing Arts Studies or Journalism).

  • 20 ECTS credits (4 modules) = four lectures per week each semester:
    Most other programmes, including the BA Joint Honours (GY101).

The following are guidelines about the module choices that may be available to you. You can read about each module in First Year Modules section of this document. If still undecided, you are very welcome to attend the first couple of lectures in each module before making up your mind. (All Classics students are welcome to attend all modules, even if not taking them for credit.)

Semester one course structure

Please note that details below are subject to change in light of Covid-19 and government health advice. Please check the Classics Student Handbook (on our Undergraduate Classics page) shortly before semester begins.

Core module

Most students will take CC1101 Mythology and the City in Ancient Greece, which involves 2 lectures per week:

  • Dr Edward Herring on the art, archaeology and history of the ancient city.
    3pm Mondays, AC201 (Concourse)

  • Dr Herring on Greek mythology and the origins of literature.
    12pm Wednesdays, IT125 (IT Building, First Floor)

Year-long modules

Students taking 20 ECTS will take both of the following year-long modules. BA Connect and other students taking 15 ECTS choose one module:

  • CC1100 Classics in Twenty Objects (part 1):
    Exploring Antiquity through objects—and learning how to explain them to others.
    5pm Tuesdays, Ó Tnúthail Theatre (Arts Millennium Building)

  • CC114 Written Words & Spoken Languages (part 1):
    Dr Richard Marshall exploration of literature, written culture and education in Antiquity.
    12pm Thursdays, Ó Tnúthail Theatre (Arts Millennium Building)

Language options

Students who are interested in exploring the study of either Latin or Greek may take one of the following modules instead of the core module CC1101:

  • CC230 Beginning Latin 1 (two lectures and one tutorial per week)
    1pm Mondays, AC203 and 5pm Wednesdays, AC203 (Concourse)

  • CCS205 Ancient Greek for Beginners 1 (two lectures and one tutorial per week)
    4pm Tuesdays, TB305 and 2pm Fridays, TB303 (Tower 2, near Bank of Ireland)

Semester two course structure

Core module

Most students will take CC1102 Empire and Literature in Ancient Rome (two lectures per week):

  • Dr Edward Herring on the history and archaeology of ancient Rome
    12pm Wednesdays, AC201 (Concourse)

  • Dr Pádraic Moran on Latin literature and the poetry of Virgil
    12pm Thursdays, IT125G (IT Building, Ground Floor)

Year-long modules

Students who began one or both of the following modules in semester one will continue them in semester two:

  • CC1100 Classics in Twenty Objects (part 2):
    Exploring Antiquity through objects—and learning how to explain them to others
    3pm Mondays, AC201 (Concourse)

  • CC114 Written Words & Spoken Languages (part 2):
    An exploration of the origins of European languages.
    5pm Tuesdays, Ó Tnúthail Theatre (Arts Millennium Building)

Language options

Students who began the study of Latin or Greek in semester one have the option of continuing with one of the following modules instead of the core module CC1102:

  • CC232 Beginning Latin 2
    1pm Mondays, AC203 and 3pm Wednesdays, TB302 (Tower 2, near Bank of Ireland)

  • CCS206 Greek for Beginners 2
    4pm Mondays, TB301 and 10am Thursdays, TB302 (to be confirmed)