Classical studies allows you to explore and critically analyse aspects of classical culture, history, philosophy and literature. You may study the culture and history of Greek and Roman societies across the Mediterranean and Near East, from the archaic period to the Roman imperial period, and the reception of classical culture in later periods of history. You will also be encouraged to engage in wider debate on how we interpret the classical world and why this matters - debate that is at the forefront of current research in all disciplines of classical antiquity. At Birkbeck we are firm believers that the study of the classical world should be accessible to all, which is why for the classical studies programme we require no prior knowledge of either Greek or Latin. If you are a beginner, you will take at least one module in either Greek or Latin at beginner level, and will have the opportunity to develop your language skills over the duration of your degree.