Undergraduate Course: The Roman Games (ANHI10066)
|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 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.
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 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.
Course Delivery Information
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| 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.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||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.
|Course organiser||Dr James Corke-Webster
Tel: (0131 6)50 3579
|Course secretary||Ms Elaine Hutchison
Tel: (0131 6)50 3582