The Centre for Ancient Cultures is the home at Monash for the study of the archaeology and history of the Ancient Mediterranean including Persia, Mesopotamia, Anatolia, Egypt, Greece and Rome.  We believe that by studying the past students will be able to assess the present more wisely, and we encourage students to relate their studies in the Centre for Ancient Cultures to those that they undertake elsewhere in the faculty.

Teaching Program

Undergraduate students with an interest in Ancient Cultures are able to major or minor in Archaeology and Ancient History. The major incorporates information from archaeology, history, classics, anthropology, art history, and landscape studies to create a broad and deep view of the ancient world. We offer units focusing on themes such as gender, empire, colonisation, myth, and archaeological method and theory as well as concentrations in specific geographic areas (Egypt, Mesopotamia, Persia, Greece, and Rome) over a time period spanning some 3,000 years from the Bronze Age to the fall of the Roman Empire. Through the Monash Indigenous Studies Centre, we also offer units in Australian Indigenous Archaeology.

We encourage students to explore the past through a combination of textual sources and material culture. Our students will learn how to investigate, analyse and interpret information about the past and to see how the dilemmas of the past are reflected in the issues we encounter today.

By studying Ancient Cultures, students will also acquire the practical skills in written and oral communication that are necessary to complete their undergraduate degree and to compete in the job market when they graduate.


Undergraduate studies

Our teaching approach creates pathways for students to progress from an undergraduate degree in Archaeology and Ancient History, to Honours and postgraduate research.

Graduate Research

Read more about the Arts Graduate Research Program.


Staff in the Centre for Ancient Cultures participate in a number of archaeological research projects about the ancient world from Amarna, Egypt to Pasargadae, Iran. Exciting new finds and interpretations enliven our undergraduate classes and give our students a chance to see how new information is incorporated into our understanding of the past. These projects also provide research opportunities for honours and postgraduate students. For more detail, take a look at our projects here.

We research a range of topics related to ancient societies including:

  • Economics
  • Politics
  • Social structures
  • Religion and myth
  • Art and architecture
  • Gender roles and inequalities


Our academics in Ancient Cultures enjoy strong national and international profiles and pursue global interests. View all staff.

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