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CLU11100 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 Organisers:
    • Dr. Shane Wallace, Dr. Rebecca Usherwood
  • Duration:
    • All year
  • Contact Hours:
    • 44 lectures (2 lectures p.w.)
  • Weighting:
    • 10 ECTS
  • Assessment:
    • Continuous assessment and exam.

Introductory Reading

Recommended text for the Greek section of the course:
Pomeroy, S.B., Burstien, S.M., Donlan, W, & Roberts, J.T., Ancient Greece: A Political, Social and Cultural History, 4th ed. (Oxford, 2017).

Recommended text for the Roman section of the course:
Boatwright, M.T., Gargola, D.J., Lenski, N., and Talbert, R.J.A., The Romans: From Village to Empire: A History of Rome from Earliest Times to the End of the Western Empire, 2nd ed. (Oxford 2011).

Learning Outcomes

  • Employ basic skills in the evaluation of primary source material and secondary literature.
  • Outline the chronology and institutional structures of ancient Greece and Rome and major events of Greek and Roman history, and identify key locations in the Mediterranean region.
  • Critically assess ancient sources for the development of Archaic and Classical Greece as well as the Roman Republic.
  • Chart the evolution of political life and forms of government – tyranny, oligarchy, democracy, republicanism – from the eighth to the first centuries BC in both the Greek and Roman world.
  • Research, select and present relevant information and evidence from primary and secondary sources in the form of a structured argument.