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Undergraduate Course: The City of Rome (ANHI10010)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryDuring the imperial period the city of Rome was the largest and most important city in the world and its history and legacy have fascinated scholars and tourists alike for centuries. This course on the city of Rome takes in a range of approaches, themes and periods. It involves study of topography, archaeology, literary and historical sources. While focusing on a single but crucial city students will be introduced to many of the key areas of debate in ancient history, such as the nature of the ancient city itself and the process of its transformation during Late Antiquity.

Course description This course deliberately looks at the ancient city from different angles, and using different methodological approaches, including those of the archaeologist, historian and literary scholar. It approaches the ancient city of Rome as multi-faced, for instance as a lived-in space, as a political space, as a site of spectacle, as a location of myth and as the emperor's city. The historical focus is mainly on the period from Augustus to the Sack of Rome. However shall also consider the stories the Romans themselves told about the origins of the city and we shall finish by looking at later receptions of the ancient city, from the Renaissance through to the Romantics. Lecture and seminar topics include satirical approaches to Rome, representations of architecture on coinage, Domitianic Rome, death in the city, housing and infrastructure.
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 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.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, command of the history and topography of the ancient city of Rome.
  2. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to understand, evaluate and utilise a variety of ancient source material, including literary and material evidence, as well as modern archaeological and topographical studies;
  3. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to identify, read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship as well as skills in independent research;
  4. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, the ability to develop and sustain scholarly arguments in oral and written form, by formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence;
  5. demonstrate independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers.
Reading List
Claridge, A. (1998) Rome: An Archaeological Guide. Oxford
Claridge, A. and Holleran, C. (2013) A Companion to the City of Rome. Oxford.
Coulston, J. and Dodge, H., eds (2000) Ancient Rome: the Archaeology of the Eternal City. Oxford.
Edwards, C. (2003) Writing Rome: Textual Approaches to the City. Cambridge
Edwards, C., ed. (1999) Roman Presences: receptions of Rome in European culture, 1789-1945. Cambridge
Favro, D. (1996) The Urban Image of Augustan Rome. Cambridge
Harris, W.V. (1999) The Transformations of Vrbs Roma in Late Antiquity. Portsmouth, R.I.
Morley, N. (1996) Metropolis and Hinterland: The city of Rome and the Italian economy c. 200 BC-AD 200. Cambridge
Packer, J. (1967) 'Housing and Population in Imperial Ostia and Rome', JRS 57: 80-97.
Robinson, O.F. (1992) Ancient Rome: City Planning and Administration. London
Steinby, E.M. (1993-9) Corpus Topographicum Urbis Romae. 5 vols. Rome
Vout, C. (2012) The Hills of Rome: Signature of an Eternal City. Cambridg

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KeywordsCity of Rome
Course organiserDr Lucy Grig
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