Ancient and Modern History

Ancient and Modern History at Balliol College

Balliol has long enjoyed an outstanding reputation for History teaching and research. The College’s commitment to the subject is reflected in its provision of four Fellows in History, and one in Ancient History - exceptional among Oxford colleges - and a Library whose holdings in the subject are second to none.

Balliol College has a dynamic tradition of Ancient and Modern History. The degree offers a substantial choice of papers from both halves of the course and also the opportunity to begin or continue language training in Greek or Latin.

Number of places at Balliol: 1 or 2, but there is no maximum quota.


Mark Baker
Career Development Fellow in Modern Global History
Professor of Contemporary European History, Chair of History Faculty, MacLellan-Warburg Fellow and Tutor in History
John-Paul Ghobrial
Associate Professor, Lucas Fellow and Tutor in History
Helen Gittos
Associate Professor, Colyer-Fergusson Fellow and Tutor in Early Medieval History
Associate Professor, Keen Fellow and Tutor in History
Rosalind Thomas
Professor of Greek History, Dyson-Macgregor Fellow, Jowett Lecturer and Tutor in Ancient History
Dr Valentina Caldari
Departmental Lecturer in Early Modern History
Charles Smith
Lecturer in Ancient History
Michael Taylor
Lecturer in History

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About the course

For more on Ancient History at Oxford, please see the Faculty of History website.

Course requirements and selection criteria

Balliol expects candidates to have an A-level or equivalent (e.g. IB Higher Level) in History. Candidates will be expected to show a serious interest in the ancient world. An A-level in Ancient History, Latin, Greek, or Classical Civilisation is desirable but not necessary. See also the University’s entrance requirements.

For information on how applicants are assessed, please visit the departmental applications page, and the introduction to the History Aptitude Test.

How to apply to read Ancient and Modern History at Balliol College