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Undergraduate Course: The City of Carthage: From Dido to the Arab Conquest (ANHI10077)

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
SummaryCarthage was the centre of one of the major cultures of the ancient Mediterranean and after the destruction of the Punic city in 146 BC, it rose again to become one of the major urban centres of the Roman Empire. The course will explore the history of Carthage and the culture of the Carthaginian and Roman city as well as highlight the significant source problems for the study of the site.
Course description This course explores the history and archaeology of the city of Carthage from its Phoenician foundation in the 9th century BC through to the end of Roman Carthage in the late 7th century AD. The course will explore some of the current areas of research related to Punic and Roman Carthage including the rise of the Phoenicians in the Western Mediterranean, comparative colonisation between Greeks and Phoenicians, Punic identity, the rise of a Carthaginian Empire, and the conflict and contact between Carthage and Rome. The Punic wars, the fall of Carthage, and the rise of the Roman city will also be covered. We will also look at evidence for the Punic diaspora and for the survival of Punic culture into the Roman period, specifically in the areas of language and religion. The course will explore the sources for the study of Carthage, both Greek and Roman, and where possible Punic, including literary evidence, inscriptions, burials, statuary and temples. Focus will be given to an understanding of the city in its many incarnations and the transformations that have shaped its history. As well, students will become aware of the historiography of the study of Carthage over the last 200 years and the development of Punic studies as an academic discipline.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students are required to have passed Ancient History 2a and Ancient History 2b, or entry is at the course organiser's discretion.
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.
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, an understanding of the varied complexity of the large body of evidence for Carthage and Carthaginian history in both a literary and a material context
  2. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an understanding of how the study of Carthage and Punic culture has advanced in recent scholarship
  3. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an understanding of the history of Carthage and its importance for the political, social and cultural historian of the ancient Mediterranean, as well as the theoretical implications for the study of ancient concepts of identity and ethnicities
  4. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to use critically a variety of different methodologies and approaches to this body of material gained from a thorough interaction with scholarship and primary materials
Reading List
Aubet, E. (2001; 2nd ed.) The Phoenicians and the West. Cambridge
Brown, S. (1991) Late Carthaginian Child Sacrifice and Sacrificial Monuments in their Mediterranean Context. Sheffield
Docter, R. (2002-03) 'The topography of archaic Carthage', TALANTA 34-5: 113-133
Hoyos, D. (ed.) (2011) A Companion to the Punic Wars. Oxford (on line)
Hoyos, D. (2010) The Carthaginians. Oxford
Hoyos, D. (2003) Hannibal's Dynasty: Power and Politics in the Mediterranean 247-183. London.
Lancel, S. (1997) Carthage, A History. Oxford
MacDonald, E. (2015) Hannibal: A Hellenistic Life, London
MacKendrick, P. (1980) The North African Stones Speak. London
Miles, R. (2010) Carthage Must Be Destroyed: the Rise and Fall of an Ancient Mediterranean Civilization. London
Pedley, J.G. (ed.) (1980) New Light on Ancient Carthage. Ann Arbor
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Students will demonstrate that they can:
- gather material independently on a given topic and organise it into a coherent data set;
- compare differing sets of data from varying situations and draw conclusions from them;
- evaluate different approaches to and explanations of material, and make critical choices between them;
- express clearly ideas and arguments, both orally and in writing;
- organise complex and lengthy sets of arguments and draw these together into a coherent conclusion;
- organise their own learning, manage their workload and work to a timetable.
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Course organiserDr Sandra Bingham
Tel: (0131 6)50 6689
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