Undergraduate Course: Augustus and Imperial Rome (LLLE07026)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||An 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.
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)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Not being delivered|
| 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.
|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.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||- Critical thinking
- Source analysis
- Oral discussion
|Keywords||Augustus Rome Empire Politics Society Culture Emperor
|Course organiser||Dr Sally Crumplin
|Course secretary||Mrs Sabine Murdoch
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855