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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of History, Classics and Archaeology : Lifelong Learning (HCA)

Undergraduate Course: Augustus and Imperial Rome (LLLE07026)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryAn in-depth study of the enigmatic founder of the Roman empire against the background of Roman politics, society and culture around the beginning of the Christian era.
Course description 1. Introduction: overview of Augustus and his achievements
2. The Quest for Political Stability (i) - Augustus, the army and the aristocracy
3. The Quest for Political Stability (ii) - Augustus, the senators, the equites, and the common people of Rome (plebs urbana)
4. The Quest for Political Stability (iii) - freedmen, the people of Italy and the provinces. 5. 'Back to basics' - Augustus' social and religious programme
6. Cultural developments (i) - the Augustan building programme
7. Cultural developments (ii) - Augustus and the poets
8. Wars, frontiers and diplomacy
9. Negative features of Augustus' reign - the growth of autocracy
10. The transmission of power: the legacy of Augustus
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, students will be able to demonstrate by means of the essay and class participation:
the ability to assess various aspects of the late Roman republic (politics, economy, military, society);
the ability to think critically about questions of power, monarchy, republic, personality in history;
the ability to analyse a variety of primary sources.
Reading List
K. Galinsky, (1996) Augustan Culture, Princeton, New Jersey, Princeton University Press.
D. Shotter (1995), Augustus Caesar; London and New York, Routledge (first published 1991).
A. Wallace-Hadrill (1993), Augustan Rome, Bristol, Bristol Classical Press, Classical World Series.
P. Zanker (1988), The Power of Images in the Age of Augustus (trans. A. Shapiro, Ann Arbor,
University of Michigan Press.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills - Critical thinking
- Source analysis
- Oral discussion
Special Arrangements N/A
KeywordsAugustus Rome Empire Politics Society Culture Emperor
Contacts
Course organiserDr Sally Crumplin
Tel:
Email: Sally.Crumplin@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMrs Sabine Murdoch
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855
Email: Sabine.Murdoch@ed.ac.uk
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