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.


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

The Sustainability Representative Network (SRN) promotes sustainability within departments, allowing for sharing of best practice and ideas in order to meet the vision, objectives and targets set for the University. The SRN is comprised of dedicated staff and students who are enthusiastic about being involved in discussions, actions and initiatives to make a difference. SRN Representative List

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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.

2014 Department of Ancient History Scholarships - Applications Now Open

Each year, the Department of Ancient History offers a number of competitive residential and travelling scholarships which enable Macquarie University Ancient History MRes, MPhil, MA and PhD students, recent PhD graduates and (in some cases) undergraduates and teachers to travel and pursue research opportunities in various fields, while also enhancing the research profile and output of the Department of Ancient History at Macquarie University.  Due date for applications is Monday 28 April 2014 - click here to find out more.

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. 


MALS Winter School 2014

The Macquarie Ancient Languages Winter School will be held on campus from 7 to 11 July.  To join the mailing list, email now.

Continuing Education Program

Please click here for S1 2014 brochure.

Ancient History Teachers' Conference  

Our annual conference will be held on campus on Friday, 4 April, 2014.  Registrations are now open.   For program information click here, for registration form click here.  For general information on conference sessions or to add your name to the mailing list, send an email to

Masters of Research (MRes) 

2014 Ancient History Masters of Research program information coming soon.

Tel Azekah, Israel, Excavation 2014

Have you ever wanted to go on an archaeological excavation? Now is your chance. Join Macquarie University for the 2014 season of excavation at the site of Tel Azekah in Israel from 12 July to 22 Aug. Applications are now available at the following website: As a Macquarie student--or even as one who is merely interested in archaeology--you can earn academic credit, take weekend tours of Israel, hear special lectures given by a team of internationally renown archaeologists, and learn the methods that archaeologists use to piece together ancient history. Tel Azekah is a major site southwest of Jerusalem that has Bronze and Iron Age remains (i.e., 1500 - 500 BC) and which is mentioned in biblical and ancient Near Eastern documents. You can sign up for 2, 4, or 6 weeks of excavation, but do so quickly as spots on the dig fill up quickly. Additional details, including a description of what a typical day on a dig is like, can be found at the above mentioned link. Applications should be submitted via that website to Tel Aviv University. Any questions from students or other individuals interested in joining the dig can be directed to Kyle Keimer at