Undergraduate Course: Childhood and Youth in Ancient Rome (ANHI10085)
|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 look into Roman childhood and youth from a historical and social point of view. It will explore several aspects of the early years of ancient Romans, from conception to early adulthood.
The course will combine the study of ancient demographics, the organisation of formal and informal education in ancient Rome, power relationships within the Roman family and the gendered nature of Roman marriage and property laws. Although the focus will be on free children and young adults from the upper and lower echelons of society, child slaves will also feature in some of the lectures. The study of childhood and youth in Ancient Rome has established itself as an important area of studies in recent years and offers great insight into the fabric of ancient Roman society. Studying the early lives of ancient Romans, therefore, offers invaluable inroads into many aspects of Roman demographics, society and culture
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 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?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, 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)
||2-hour exam (50%)
3,000-word essay (35%)
700-word commentary on an ancient source (15%)
||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 for this course 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, understanding of the social and cultural specificity of the early life stages of ancient Romans;
- demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, familiarity with the peculiarities of Roman demographics and the problems related to its study;
- demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, their acquaintance with the socio-cultural practices of the Romans and their social expectations;
- demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, understanding of the complexities of reconstructing the history of subordinate age-groups in antiquity and beyond.
|Bonner, S. F. (1977) Education in Ancient Rome: from Cato the Elder to Pliny the Younger, Berkeley and London.|
Bradley, K. R. (1991) Discovering the Roman Family. Studies in Roman Social History, Oxford.
Carroll, M. (2011) 'Infant Death and Burial in Roman Italy', Journal of Roman Archaeology 24, 99-120.
Dixon, S. (ed.) (2001) Childhood, Class and Kin in the Roman World, London and New York.
Eyben, E. (1993) Restless Youth in Ancient Rome, London and New York.
Evans Grubbs, J. and Parkin, T. (2013) The Oxford Handbook of Childhood and Education in the Classical World, Oxford.
Hopkins, K. (1965) 'The age of Roman girls at marriage', Population Studies 18 (3), 309-327.
Laes, C. (2011) Children in the Roman Empire: Outsiders Within, Cambridge and New York.
Laes, C. and Strubbe, J. (2013) Youth in the Roman Empire, Cambridge.
Laes, C. and Vuolanto (eds.) (2017) Children and Everyday Life in the Roman and Late Antique World, London.
Parkin, T. G. (1992) Demography and Roman society, Baltimore and London.
Rawson, B. (ed.) (1991) Marriage, Divorce and Children in Ancient Rome, Oxford.
Saller, R. P. (1994) Patriarchy, Property and Death in the Roman Family, Cambridge.
Scheidel, W. (ed.) (2001) Debating Roman Demography, Leiden, esp. ch. 2.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Juan Lewis
Tel: (0131 6)50 4563
|Course secretary||Mr Henry Barnett
Tel: (0131 6)51 7112