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Undergraduate Course: Violence and Disorder in Roman Society, 133-31 BC (ANHI10022)

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 attempt to explain the phenomenon of violence and disorder in Roman society during the late republic, and the reasons for the fall of the republic.
Course description The course will address the nature of the problem, Roman attitudes to violence, and legislation concerned with violence; this will be followed by a detailed examination of the individual outbreaks of civil disorder from the tribunate of Tiberius Gracchus (133 BC) to the Peace of Brundisium (40 BC). During the course, students will also become familiar with the workings of the Roman republican constitution. Particular attention will be paid to Appian and other ancient authors who provide us with our evidence for this topic, and who attempted to explain it for themselves (Appian's Civil Wars 1-2 will be studied in English translation).

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed The Roman World 1A: The Rise of Rome (CLGE08003) 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 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 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
Appian, The Civil Wars, tr. J.Carter (Harmondsworth, 1996)
T.R.S.Broughton, The Magistrates of the Roman Republic, i (New York, 1951), ii (New York, 1952), iii (Atlanta, 1986)
P.A.Brunt, Social Conflicts in the Roman Republic2 (London, 1978)
P.A.Brunt, The Fall of the Roman Republic and Related Essays (Oxford, 1988)
E.S.Gruen, Roman Politics and the Criminal Courts, 149-78 BC (Cambridge, Mass., 1968)
E.S.Gruen, The Last Generation of the Roman Republic (Berkeley, 1974)
A.W.Lintott, Violence in Republican Rome2 (Oxford, 1999)
A.W.Lintott, The Constitution of the Roman Republic (Oxford, 1999)
A.M.Riggsby, Crime and Community in Ciceronian Rome (Austin, 1999)
R.Seager, The Crisis of the Roman Republic (Cambridge, 1969)
D.L.Stockton, The Gracchi (Oxford, 1979)
R.Syme, The Roman Revolution (Oxford, 1939)
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.
KeywordsViolence and Disorder
Course organiserDr Dominic Berry
Tel: (0131 6)50 3590
Course secretaryMiss Stephanie Blakey
Tel: (0131 6)68 8261
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