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CL1003 Introduction to Greek and Roman History

This course provides an introductory survey of the history of the Greek and Roman world, from the Greek Archaic age to the death of Augustus. The main trends and issues of this period will be explored such as colonisation, imperialism, war, the Athenian invention of democracy, the rise of Alexander, the emergence of Rome as a major imperial power.
  • Module Organiser:
    • Dr. Shane Wallace
  • Duration:
    • All year
  • Contact Hours:
    • 44 lectures (2 lectures p.w.)
  • Weighting:
    • 10 ECTS
  • Assessment:
    • 65% continuous assessment (three written assignments), 35% final examination

Introductory Reading

Recommended text for the Greek section of the course:
S. B. Pomeroy, S. M. Burstein, W. Donlan, J. Tolbert Roberts, A Brief History of Greece. Politics, Society and Culture, Oxford 2004.

Recommended text for the Roman section of the course:
M. T. Boatwright, D. J. Gargola, R. J. Talbert, The Romans from Village to Empire. A History of Ancient Rome from Earliest times to Constantine, Oxford 2004.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate basic skills in the evaluation of primary source material and secondary literature
  • Research, select, and present relevant information and evidence from primary and secondary sources in the form of a structured argument
  • Demonstrate basic understanding of the chronology and institutional structures of ancient Greece and Rome, the events of Greek and Roman history, and Mediterranean geography