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Undergraduate Course: The Emperor Nero (ANHI10036)

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
SummaryThis course will provide an opportunity to study in detail the reign of the fifth (and perhaps the most notorious) Roman emperor, Nero (AD 54-68), together with a selection of the relevant (mostly literary) sources.
Course description The course will address the nature and development of the Roman principate; Nero's early life; the history of his reign; his artistic preoccupations; foreign affairs; and the reasons for his failure and fall. Particular emphasis will be placed on the sources, 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 Suetonius' Life of Nero and the relevant parts of Cassius Dio's Roman History will be studied in English translation, and will be considered from a literary as well as a historical perspective.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed The Roman World 1B: The Roman Empire (CLGE08004) AND Ancient History 2a: Past and Present in the Ancient World (ANHI08014)
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 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.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  26
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 172 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Written examination 60%; coursework 40%.

Coursework essay of c. 3,000 words: 40%.
One 2-hour written examination: 60%.

Part-Year Visiting Student (VV1) Variant Assessment:
If this course runs in the first semester - Semester 1 (only) visiting students will be examined in the December exam diet.
Feedback Students will receive written feedback on their coursework, and will have the opportunity to discuss that feedback further with the Course Organiser during their published office hours or by appointment.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
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 body of knowledge considered in the course;
  2. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship;
  3. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to understand, evaluate and utilise a variety of primary source material;
  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.
Reading List
L.F.Ball, The Domus Aurea and the Roman Architectural Revolution (Cambridge, 2003)
A.A.Barrett, E.Fantham and J.C.Yardley (eds), The Emperor Nero: a Guide to the Ancient Sources (Princeton, 2016)
E.Buckley and M.T.Dinter (eds), A Companion to the Neronian Age (Chichester, 2013)
E.Champlin, Nero (Cambridge, Mass. and London, 2003)
Dio Cassius, Roman History Books 61-70. tr. E.Cary (Cambridge, Mass., 1925)
P.T.Eden, Seneca: Apocolocyntosis (Cambridge, 1984)
M.T.Griffin, Seneca: a Philosopher in Politics (Oxford, 1976)
M.T.Griffin, Nero: the End of a Dynasty (London, 1984)
R.H.Martin, Tacitus (London, 1981)
Suetonius, Nero, tr. C.Edwards, in Suetonius: Lives of the Caesars (Oxford, 2000)
C.H.V.Sutherland and R.A.G.Carson, The Roman Imperial Coinage vol. 1, ed. 2 (London, 1984)
Tacitus, The Annals, tr. A.J.Woodman (Indianapolis, 2004)
B.H.Warmington, Nero: Reality and Legend (London, 1969)

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements 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.
KeywordsEmperor Nero
Course organiserDr Dominic Berry
Tel: (0131 6)50 3590
Course secretaryMr Jonathan Donnelly
Tel: (0131 6)50 3781
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