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This subject offers a 'Big History' approach to the study of Ancient History. It explores case studies from Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome in the context of the wider picture of human evolution. It investigates how disciplines such as cosmology, biology, anthropology and archaeology have advanced our understanding of history. It will examine how global events such as a changing climate and volcanic activity may have impacted upon ancient societies. The subject will also help students to understand the broader political, social and economic context of the classical period of ancient history.