Master’s: History, Civilisations and Heritage – Ancient History
The Master’s in History, Civilisations and Heritage includes theory-based, methodology-based and applied course units, whilst an important role is also given to research activity.
This Master’s programme comprises three subject pathways (‘Classical Literatures’, ‘Medieval Studies’ and ‘Ancient History’), which are geared towards professions in research, heritage and teaching. The subject pathways draw chiefly on the scientific output of university lecturer-researchers and of the researchers affiliated with the Université Bordeaux Montaigne joint research unit, Ausonius. This multidisciplinary research team, which is recognised internationally, brings together specialists in Hellenistic and Roman texts (literary specialists and philologists) with historians and archaeologists of Ancient and Medieval history. The specialised course units taught within the three subject pathways provide an in-depth study of the sciences from Classical Antiquity and the Middle Ages, their specific interrogations and their unique methodologies. Moreover, students become familiar with research activity in these fields: they attend seminars and scientific events held by the Université Bordeaux Montaigne joint research unit, Ausonius. Students are sometimes also involved in the organisation of these events. Ultimately, one of this programme’s priorities is to encourage openness between these close and complementary disciplines and so some of the seminar units are merged with other programmes. It is this multidisciplinary approach that makes this Master’s programme – which is the only one of its kind in France – so original.
The Master’s programme in Ancient History is one of the three possible subject pathways that can be chosen within the Master’s in History, Civilisations and Heritage. The programme aims to shape future specialists in the history of Classical Antiquity. In both the first and second year of this two-year programme, students study in greater depth the generalised learning they acquired during their undergraduate Licence degree. This is via research seminar units (Greek and Roman history) in which students learn about the key current research trends, the methods used and the interrogations currently underway. One of the objectives in the first year of this two-year programme is to give students direct contact with written sources so that they can progressively acquire a certain technical and intellectual autonomy. A course unit in Classical Languages is also offered as part of the core common curriculum, proposing either an introduction to Latin or Greek or the consolidation of skills already acquired in these two languages. In conjunction with these research seminar units, a workshop entitled Epigraphy provides a technical training that allows students to draw on a rich and constantly evolving collection of documentation.
Students of Ancient History also have the option of complementing their studies with an advanced and demanding introduction to the other sciences from Classical Antiquity. This is thanks to ‘taster’ seminar units: seminars selected from the other two subject pathways within this Master’s programme, or from the Master’s programme in Archaeology and Sciences for Archaeological Purposes. This is in keeping with the spirit of Classical Studies as practised elsewhere in Europe and North America. Students must produce a ‘pre-dissertation’ in the first year and a full dissertation in the second year. These projects represent a key learning process with regard to their research skills. In addition, students may attend colloquiums, study days and seminars run by the Université Bordeaux Montaigne joint research unit, Ausonius. In some cases students may also be invited to participate in the organisation of these events.