Myth and Reality in Barbarian Europe

Subject CLAS90001 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2012.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2-hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment:

2 contact hours each week, 8 additional hourseach week. Total of 10 hours per week.


Admission to the postgraduate diploma or fourth year honours in classics or classical studies and archaeology.



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:

Students who have completed 107-412 Myth and Reality in Barbarian Europe are not permitted to enrol in this subject.

Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

This seminar looks at the diverse array of ancient human communities and their experiences that form the backdrop to modern Europe. Concentrating on the 1st millennium BC, it will explore the multi-ethnic societies of ancient Europe, their villages and towns, settlement patterns, economics, social and political structures. The main emphasis will be placed on such major peoples as the Gauls and the Celts, where myth will be separated from reality. The relationship of ancient Europeans with the Greeks and their reaction to the arrival of the Romans will be studied.


Students who successfully complete this subject should:

  • possess a detailed knowledge of the development of European societies in the first millenium BCE.
  • understand current issues in the study of Iron Age Europe.
  • be able to analyse and communicate the complexities of interaction between Iron Age Northern European cultures and the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome.

A seminar paper of 2000 words 40% (due during semester) and an essay of 3000 words 60% (due at the end of semester).

Prescribed Texts:

A subject reader will be available.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

Students who successfully complete this subject should

  • be skilled in research.
  • possess advanced skills of critical thinking and analysis.
  • possess an ability to communicate knowledge intelligibly, economically and effectively.
  • have an understanding of social, ethical and cultural context.
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Ancient and Medieval Studies
Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Studies

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