Freshers' Week in Classics and Ancient History

Congratulations on getting a place at the University of Exeter. This page gives you the information you need for Freshers’ Week and what you need to do before you get here. We look forward to welcoming you to the College in September.  

Welcome to Classics and Ancient History at the University of Exeter, and congratulations on gaining a place to study here! You are joining one of the most dynamic Classics departments in the country. We have an exceptionally broad range of expertise with an interdisciplinary and original approach to the subject. Over the last few years we have been recognised through University Guild awards as the Subject with the Best Research Community. Our Student Classics Society has also been commended for its outstanding academic contribution to the university in recognition of their annual play and the World of Classics debate. We look forward to you becoming part of our lively community!

Professor Daniel Ogden
Head of Classics and Ancient History 

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Before you get here you'll need to register with the University, activate your University IT account and select optional modules if they are available to you. You will need to have chosen your modules by Friday 15 September 2017 and you will not be able to access your entire timetable until your module choices are confirmed. For more information about the above please use the links at the bottom of this webpage.

Freshers’ Week 2017: Monday 18 September - Sunday 24 September

All students are expected to be on campus by Monday 18 September at the latest.

If there is any reason why you may not be here by this date, please get in contact with the Humanities Education Office as soon as possible by emailing

During Freshers' Week you should attend the Academic Induction events and activities for your subject/s.

For more information about this please see our 'Joining instructions'.

The purpose of Academic Induction is to introduce you to your academic programme, complete any necessary pre-registration tasks, familiarise yourself with your academic buildings, and meet fellow students and the academic staff for your subjects. These sessions form the core part of your Freshers' Week timetable and we expect all students to be present at these compulsory sessions. If you need any advice about issues or clashes within your Freshers' Week timetable please contact


Academic Induction for new undergraduate Classics and Ancient History students
Date Start Finish Details Location
Tuesday 19 September 10.30 12.00

Classics and Ancient History Welcome Day

Relevant to students on all Classics and Ancient History programmes (Single and Joint honours).

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If you are a Combined Honours or Flexible Combined Honours student please ensure you view the Freshers' Week information for all your subjects since each will have its own Academic Induction information and timetable. You will find links to all the various college Freshers' Week websites from our UG Freshers' Week webpage.

Joining instructions

Your welcome letter contains important information for joining as well as information about modules and reading lists. It can be found by clicking on the following link: Classics and Ancient History welcome letter 2017/18.‌ ‌

Choosing your modules using the Online Module Selection System

You should familiarise yourself with your appropriate programme specification and modules which can be found on our College intranet. Please select Classics and Ancient History - level 1 from the Module category drop-down box.

First you will need to register with the University and activate your University IT account. To find out how to do this use the links in the tabs below for the 'Before you arrive' section of the New Students’ website. Once you have activated your University IT account you will have access to iExeter, the student portal. You should find the Online Module Selection System by clicking on the 'Student Record' tab and then by following the instructions.

For some programmes where your first year of study includes either optional modules and/or the need to select between specific core modules, you must make your Year 1 module choice between Wednesday 30 August and Friday 15 September using the Online Module Selection System. After Friday 15 September module availability may be restricted within your discipline/s. Please contact us if, for any reason, you have not been able to make your module choices by this date.

Modules for Combined Honours programmes

For students on Combined Honours programmes, module choice information will be released and co-ordinated by the lead College for the programme, that is the first named subject in the degree title.  For example, Combined Honours History and Politics is led by the College of Humanities; Combined Honours Politics and Modern Languages is led by the College of Social Sciences and International Studies.

Ancient texts
Plato, Symposium (Penguin Classics, tr. C.J. Gill)
Homer, The Odyssey (Oxford World's Classics, tr. W. Shewring)
Herodotus, The Histories (Penguin Classics, tr. A. de Selincourt)
Virgil, The Aeneid (Penguin Classics, tr. W. Jackson Knight)
Suetonius, Lives of the Caesars (Penguin Classics, tr. R. Graves)
Seneca, Letters from a Stoic (Penguin Classics, tr. R. Campbell)
Ovid, Metamorphoses (Penguin Classics, tr. D. Raeburn)
Tacitus, Annals (Penguin Classics, tr. C. Damon)
Modern scholarship
J.M. Wilkins and S. Hill, Food in the Ancient World (Blackwell/Wiley)
M. Beard and J. Henderson, Classics: A Very Short Introduction (second edition, Oxford University Press)
N. Morley, Writing Ancient History (Duckworth)
S. Alcock and R. Osborne, Classical Archaeology (second edition, Wiley/Blackwell)
R. Laurence, Roman Archaeology for Historians (Routledge)
R. Neer, Art and Archaeology of the Greek World (Thames & Hudson)
M. Beard and M. Crawford, Rome in the Late Republic (Duckworth)
C. Kelly, The Roman Empire: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press)

Please note: Many of the items that you will be asked to read will be provided in the Library or in electronic format when you have enrolled.

All students taking a single honours degree in the department of Classics and Ancient History will take a Latin and/or Ancient Greek language module at the appropriate level of progression in their first year. For further information please see the module descriptions.

Modules are available at a range of levels from Beginners to Advanced via the Foreign Language Centre in:

British Sign Language ▪ French ▪ German ▪ Italian ▪ Japanese ▪ Mandarin Chinese ▪ Spanish

To find out more about language modules and other languages offered by different departments see the Foreign Language Centre pages.