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CL2310 Roman History

This module will examine the imperial period of Roman History from Augustus to the 4th century AD. It will examine the emperors and matters of imperial politics and military strategy as presented in the primary sources. But the module will also explore subjects such as social relations, class structure, administration and economic concerns. The main emphasis of the module is on the analysis of the available evidence rather than description, and extensive individual reading is required.
  • Module Organisers:
    • Dr Hazel Dodge, Dr Rebecca Usherwood
  • Duration:
    • All year
  • Contact Hours:
    • 32 lectures (2 per week), 6 seminars
  • Weighting:
    • 10 ECTS
  • Assessment:
    • 70% continuous assessment (three written assignments), 30% final examination

Learning Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of this module students should be able to demonstrate:

  • Sound geographical knowledge of the Roman world
  • Knowledge of the primary textual sources relevant to the module topic
  • Familiarity with other types of relevant evidence (artistic and archaeological) and ability to integrate with them with the textual evidence
  • Familiarity with, and ability to evaluate, the major theoretical approaches, debates and scholarship relevant to the module topics
  • Ability to discuss the above, both orally and in writing, in a clear and scholarly manner, and to work effectively in small groups.

Introductory Reading

  • D. Potter (ed), A Companion to the Roman Empire, Oxford 2009