Undergraduate Course: The Emperor Nero (ANHI10036)
|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 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.
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.
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 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?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 22,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|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.
||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.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, command of the body of knowledge considered in the course;
- demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship;
- demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to understand, evaluate and utilise a variety of primary source material;
- 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;
- demonstrate independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others.
|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)
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||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.
|Course organiser||Dr Dominic Berry
Tel: (0131 6)50 3590
|Course secretary||Mr Jonathan Donnelly
Tel: (0131 6)50 3781