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Undergraduate Course: The Roman Games (ANHI10066)

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 areaClassical Literature in Translation
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course will survey the Roman games, from their murky origins in the early Republic to their eventual cessation under the Christian emperors of 5th century. Students will learn about the details of Roman hunts and gladiatorial combat and those that fought and competed in the arena. They will study too those that organised and hosted these showcase events, and the phenomenal logistics and infrastructure that enabled them to do so across the Mediterranean. Most importantly, students will look at the games as one mechanism by which Rome managed its empire through mobilising local elites and cultural capital. The course will look at both the grand spectacle of the Colosseum's flagship games - and the opportunities they provided for emperors and plebeians alike - as well as the local shows that echoed them throughout the provinces, both of which are representative of many of the key principles and mechanisms of the Roman imperial project.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Ancient History 2a: Past and Present in the Ancient World (ANHI08014) AND Ancient History 2b: Themes and Theories in Ancient History (ANHI08013)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students should have passed 'Ancient History 2A' and 'Ancient History 2B' (or at Course Organiser's 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 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
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  30
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Formative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 172 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours:Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the course, students should be able to demonstrate through group discussion, coursework and the written examination that they have acquired the following specific academic competences:

- knowledge and informed understanding of the history, nature and social and political role of the Roman Games;
- an appreciation of the range of historical, literary, archaeological, architectural and art historical evidence that reveal the Games to us, and how this diversity allows us to approach the topic from multiple angles;
- an appreciation of the importance of investigating the nature and origins of ancient evidence and the ability to critically assess it;
- knowledge and informed understanding of a range of secondary scholarship relating to the Roman Games, including seminal studies of the last century and cutting edge research;
- an appreciation of how to read, judge and use this secondary scholarship in relation to the primary evidence;
- an ability to develop and sustain coherent intellectual argument.
Assessment Information
Essay (3000 words) - 40%;
Degree Examination (2-hours) - 60%.
Special Arrangements
In order for a student from outwith Classics to be enrolled on this course, contact must be made with a Course Secretary on 50 3582/3580 in order for approval to be obtained.
Additional Information
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KeywordsRoman Games
Course organiserDr James Corke-Webster
Tel: (0131 6)50 3579
Course secretaryMs Elaine Hutchison
Tel: (0131 6)50 3582
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