Classics refers broadly to the study of ancient Greek and Roman cultures, from Bronze Age Greece to the Late Roman Empire, and has been taught at the University of Cape Town since its foundation in 1829. Studying classical antiquity prompts critical reflection on both the past and the present, and confers important skills that are valuable across the humanities.
We cover a wide range of topics at undergraduate level, from Ancient Greek and Latin language to literature, mythology, philosophy, art, archaeology, and ancient history. As part of its focus on the ancient Mediterranean, our curriculum includes study of the ancient Near East, North Africa, and Egypt.
Our courses fall into two main categories: (1) Ancient Greek and Latin Language courses and (2) Classical Culture and History courses which require no knowledge of Greek or Latin.
We welcome applications from prospective postgraduate students.