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Undergraduate Course: Ancient Superpowers: The Armies and Military Monuments of Rome and Persia (ANHI10055)

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 areaClassical Art/Classical Archaeology Other subject areaAncient History
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThe course aims to convey broad factual knowledge on the military forces and infrastructure of some of the ancient world's largest, most powerful and long-lived empires, those of Rome and Persia.
Students will acquire the skills to use all evidence at our disposal (material as well as written) for the topics under discussion.
They will gain deeper understanding how topography and geography influenced military strategy.
The course also aims to provide students with the skills to assess the effectiveness of relevant military installations.
Students will learn to adopt a more nuanced approach to history and will be encouraged to question Eurocentric worldviews.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed:
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements A pass in Roman World 1B or Classical Archaeology 2B or Ancient History 2a: Past and Present or Archaeology 2B or at the course organisers discretion.
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 Classical Art/Archaeology) 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?No
Course Delivery Information
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Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course students should be able to demonstrate in a written
examination, an essay and an oral presentation:
- knowledge of some important aspects of the armies and military installations, such as forts and
linear barriers, of the Roman Empire and Sasanian Persia;
- some knowledge of the history and geography of the Roman and Persian Empires;
- awareness of some significant regional and chronological differences in military architecture,
equipment and army organisation;
- the ability to use critically a variety of different categories of material and written evidence;
- bibliographical research skills to enable them to find independently additional information on
aspects of the archaeology and history of the armies of Rome and Persia;
- the intellectual autonomy to produce independently a coherent summary, on the basis of a range
of sources, focusing on important aspects of the topic;
- the ability to assess the effectiveness of various military installations, whether on their own or in
combination with others, taking into account all evidence they can reasonably be expected to know
of, such as architecture, strength of garrisons, weapons and armour likely to be at their disposal,
common defensive and offensive strategies, geography and topography;
- the ability to make a persuasive case to support their argument;
- an ability to select good examples to support their case;
- a capacity to present material clearly, orally as well as in written form
Assessment Information
15% oral presentation
35% essay (2,250-2,750 words)
50% exam
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Course organiserProf Eberhard Sauer
Tel: (0131 6)50 3587
Course secretaryMs Elaine Hutchison
Tel: (0131 6)50 3582
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