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Undergraduate Course: The City of Rome (ANHI10010)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaAncient History Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionDuring the imperial period the city of Rome was the largest and most important city in the world and its history and legacy have fascinated scholars and tourists alike for centuries. This course on the city of Rome takes in a range of approaches, themes and periods. It looks at the ancient city from different angles, for instance, as a lived-in space, as a political space, as a site of spectacle, as the emperor's city. While focusing on a single but crucial city the students will be introduced to many of the key areas of debate in ancient history, such as the nature of the ancient city itself and the process of Christianisation of the city. In the course of the semester we shall focus on the city mainly from the age of Augustus to the Sack of Rome, though we shall also consider the stories the Romans themselves told about the origins of their city. Finally the course will look at later receptions of the ancient city, from the Renaissance, through the Romantics, to Mussolini.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should usually have at least 3 courses in Classics related subject matter (at least 2 of which should be in Ancient History) at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses.
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
After successful completion of this course, the student will be able to demonstrate in written exam and coursework as well as in class discussion:-
- knowledge of the history and topography of the city of Rome in Antiquity;
- some knowledge of key themes and debates in the history of the city of Rome;
- awareness of the diverse aspects of life in the ancient city;
- ability to use critically a range of different types of material, including plans and archaeological sources as well as texts;
- bibliographical research skills to enable students to find independently information on particular areas of the city of Rome and the history of its study.

By doing so, they will also demonstrate the following transferable skills:-
- written communication skills
- analytical skills
- oral presentation skills
- ability to deal independently with a wide-ranging body of information.
Assessment Information
One essay plus bibliography(40%);
one (2-hour) degree examination (60%).

Part-Year Visiting Student (VV1) Variant Assessment:
One essay plus bibliography(40%);
one Take-Home examination (60%).
Special Arrangements
In order for a student from outwith Classics to be enrolled, contact must be made with a Course Secretary on 50 3580 in order for approval to be obtained.
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Course organiser Course secretaryMs Elaine Hutchison
Tel: (0131 6)50 3582
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