Ancient History helped me prepare for university through thinking analytically and not taking everything at face value. I’m now a primary school teacher and maintain my interest in history.
This is a history course like no other.
They say truth is often stranger than fiction. You’d have no reason to disagree after spending a couple of years on this course unearthing the faintly believable, bloodthirsty world of the first five Roman emperors.
If there wasn’t documented evidence of it happening, you’d be inclined towards scepticism about the brutal, often-terrifying goings-on of ancient Rome.
It’s a real life story of good versus evil. Or is it? Who’s really good and who’s evil?
Taught by incredibly passionate historians, laced with loads of fun, exciting projects, workshops and packed with movies that bring these very-olden days to life, Ancient History will be a treat for any student fascinated by culture, gaudy costumes and living tanks of bronze, spears and human muscle.
You’ll be analysing texts, evaluating evidence and gaining confidence in expressing a considered opinion. Ancient History will help you understand different cultures without judging them. You’ll also do a lot of reading outside class.
There is a surprising amount of modern life that owes its existence to ancient Greece and Rome. Much of our language, clean water, sewerage and baths are the stuff of Ancient History. And let’s not forget the democratic world. Athens’ citizens were the first people to choose their rulers. We can trace the roots of Western democracy back there.
Buckle up. We’re hitting rewind in a big way. How’s 2,500 years for you? In this Ancient History lesson we’re heading to Greece, where we’ll quickly discover that truth is definitely stranger than fiction.
We’ll start our adventure in 492 BC, as yet another Asia Minor squabble is about to kick off, initiated as ever by Persia’s grumpy, power-hungry King Darius I.
We then whizz forward a few hundred years to not-so bella Italia where we’ll see what it was like to kick around under a procession of predictably angry Roman emperors. Politics, street gangs and civil war.
Humanities courses are great all-rounders in giving you skills that endure in any career you choose.
Ancient History students have gone on to work in the media, such as the BBC, and even found work in other countries. Other popular jobs include:
History students are held in high regard by universities due to the courses’ academic nature. A lot of Xaverian students become history, politics, law or teaching undergraduates.