Undergraduate Course: The Emperor Nero (ANHI10036)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course provides an opportunity to study in detail the reign of the fifth (and perhaps the most notorious) Roman emperor, Nero (AD 54-68). It will address the nature and development of the Roman principate; Nero's early life; the history of his reign; his artistic preoccupations; and the reasons for his failure and fall. Particular emphasis will be placed on the sources for the period, which are exceptionally rich, extending from the philosophy and satire of Nero's tutor Seneca to the visually spectacular coinage and the extensive remains of Nero's Domus Aurea in Rome. Tacitus' Annals together with either Suetonius' Life of Nero or the Octavia (of unknown authorship) will be studied in English translation, and will be considered from a literary as well as a historical perspective.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should usually have at least 3 courses in Classics related subject matter(at least 2 of which should be in Classical Literature) at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses.
Course Delivery Information
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| On successful completion of the course, students should be able to demonstrate in tutorial discussion, in coursework and in the written degree examination that they have acquired the following specific academic competences:
- an informed understanding of the history and politics of the Neronian period;
- skills of historical and literary analysis of classical texts and other ancient sources;
- and an informed understanding and appreciation of a selection of works by Tacitus and other authors studied in English translation.
In addition, they should be able to demonstrate, again through tutorial discussion, coursework and the written degree examination, that they have acquired the following specific transferable skills:
- gathering material independently on a given topic and organising it into a coherent set of data;
- comparing differing sets of data and drawing conclusions from them;
- evaluating different approaches to and explanations of material, and making critical choices between them;
- expressing ideas and arguments clearly;
- and organising their own learning, managing their workload and working to a timetable.
They should also have developed their general competences as follows, and be able to demonstrate them by the means stated above:
- general historical understanding;
- general literary appreciation.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||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.
|Course organiser||Dr Dominic Berry
Tel: (0131 6)50 3590
|Course secretary||Ms Elaine Hutchison
Tel: (0131 6)50 3582