Department of Ancient History

Welcome to the Department of Ancient History

Ancient History offers over eighty units for study at undergraduate level and covers the antecedents of western civilisation in ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, the Ancient Near East and the Graeco-Roman world. Greek history is studied from Homer to the Hellenistic cultures under the Roman empire (including Judaism and early Christianity) and Roman history from the Republic to the Late Empire, the Silk Road and the Medieval and Byzantine period. Egyptian history is taught from the Predynastic period up to that of the Ramesside period. Egypt's later history merges with the Greek, Roman and Coptic streams.


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Undergraduate unit information

Unit descriptions 
See the University 2014 Handbook for descriptions of all Ancient History 100 to 300 level undergraduate units.

Ancient History UG Majors: 2014-2017 Schedule of Units

For provisional information relating to the offering of units relating to the undergraduate Ancient History Majors - Egypt and Near East (ENE) and Greece, Rome, Late Antiquity (GRLA) - please consult the appropriate schedule. Note Well: From 2014, a number of units previously offered as 200/300 units will no longer be co-badged. The unit schedules indicate the revised level of study at which these units will be offered.

Bachelor of Archaeology

Break old ground and gain new insights into the past through the study of ancient artefacts with the Bachelor of Archaeology


Contact us

Departmental Administrator 
Telephone: (02) 9850 8833
Office: W6A 540
Academic Staff | Centres


Centres and Associations

The Department of Ancient History understands that as part of an institution of higher learning we play a leading role in training the leaders, professionals and policy-makers of the future. We also consume significant resources here on campus. Please use this website as a means to find out more about sustainability and what you can do to improve your own and Macquarie's sustainability performance.Sustainability Website

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Schedule for 2014

Please click here for 2014 schedule. Please note that units with TBD are not offered in 2014. For 2014 academic advisors please click here.

Expectation to Complete

If you are completing your course shortly and expect to graduate, please ensure that you have submitted an Expectation to Complete online form via The link is available on your 'My stuff' page under the heading of graduation - I expect to complete.

Classical  Owls Conference

Conference scheduled for Monay 1 September 2014.

For more information: Conference Flyer, Program, 2014 Gale Lecture in Numismatics

Session 2, 2014 Continuing Education Program

Apply now for Session 2 - click here for details and application form.

Masters of Research (MRes) 

2014 Ancient History Masters of Research program information coming soon.

Archaeological Excavations
Tel Azekah, Israel, Excavation 2014

Have you ever wanted to go on an archaeological excavation? For more information click Application Information.

Archaeological Fieldwork AHIS347 and AHPG811

For more information please download the documents Project Proposal 2014, Site List 2014 and How to Enrol 2014.

ancient-home-malsMALS Winter School 2014

The Macquarie Ancient Languages Summer School will be held on campus from 7 to 11 July. For application information please go to MALS website.

Study Tour for Indigenous Australians

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