Classics and Archaeology

Classics and Archaeology covers such topics as archaeology, religious, political and social life in ancient societies, classical literature and mythology, art and architecture and a range of course options.


Elihu Vedder
Elihu Vedder (1836-1923)
Minerva (detail) 1897 Mosaic

Classics and Archaeology is a leading program for the study of the ancient world. The only program of its kind in Australia, it is home to cutting edge research and field study undertaken by its staff, researchers and fellows. The program provides students with a multidisciplinary perspective on ancient Graeco-Roman, Aegean and Near Eastern civilisations. The study of Classics, Archaeology, Latin and Ancient Greek will give you insight and understanding into your world today by exploring how ancient cultures have contributed to the development of our modern world.

We offer subjects that cover such topics as archaeology, religious, political and social life in ancient societies, classical literature and mythology, art and architecture and a range of course options. Research in the program is diverse yet provides a holistic perspective on the ancient world, with staff involved in a number of projects, many of which are funded by the Australian Research Council. Current projects range from archaeological surveys and excavations to the development of award-winning multimedia study resources. The program also offers access to world-class research facilities such as the classics and archaeology collection at the Ian Potter Museum of Art. Consider joining us and undertaking an overseas study venture, participating in hands-on fieldwork and pursuing a single study subject through the Community Access Program.

Classics and archaeology has experienced a renewed popularity within contemporary culture with a number of recent, exciting discoveries and a steady flow of classical and archaeological-themed television shows and blockbuster films. The broader community can participate in this resurgence and the vibrant academic culture of the program through the Community Access Program, Summer Schools and the public lecture program organised by The School of Historical and Philosophical Studies which staff, researchers and visiting scholars regularly contribute. The program also maintains strong links to secondary school communities and provides support for students studying the classics. The program is also affiliated with institutions such as the Classical Association of Victoria (CAV) with whom we regularly collaborate on a variety of lectures and events.

Ancient societies had anthropomorphic gods: a huge pantheon expanding into centuries of dynastic drama; fathers and sons, martyred heroes, star-crossed lovers, the deaths of kings - stories that taught us of the danger of hubris and the primacy of humility. Tom Hiddleston

Anzac Gallipoli Archaeological Database

The Anzac Gallipoli Archaeological Database (AGAD) is a unique digital archive of the results of five seasons of archaeological survey of the World War 1 battlefield at Anzac on the Gallipoli peninsular, Turkey by the Joint Historical-Archaeological Survey, or JHAS project. The late Professor Antonio (Tony) Sagona, in conjunction with Professor Chris Mackie (at that time also of The University of Melbourne) headed the JHAS project, and he lead the team, which included members from Australia, New Zealand and Turkey, on the first survey of the battlefield in 2010.

Dr Jessie Birkett-Rees, Dr Michelle Negus Cleary, Dr Sarah Midford and Abby Robinson were SHAPS researchers or graduate students at the time, and were also key members of the JHAS team and responsible for the collection and documentation of data presented in the AGAD. Read more...

Visit the Anzac Gallipoli Archaeological Database



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