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Undergraduate Course: Living on the Edge: the Archaeology of Roman Frontiers (1st-4th century AD) (CACA10037)

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
SummaryThe course aims to introduce the students to the study of Roman frontiers and how frontier defensive tactics developed and transformed between the 1st and the 4th centuries AD.
Course description This course aims to introduce the students to Roman frontier studies by exploring the archaeology of Roman military infrastructures along four front lines, namely northern England and Scotland, continental Europe, the Near East (below and above the Taurus line) and northern Africa. Broader themes, will explore the high level of multiculturalism, mobility of goods, and everyday life along Rome's frontiers. The course will mostly cover the period across 1st and 4th centuries AD, but will also briefly explore the evolution of frontier defensive tactics in Late Antiquity (5th - 6th c.). Although it mostly focusses on archaeological evidence, the course is meant to be interdisciplinary; as such, the analysis of written sources will be crucial in shedding further light on the development of frontier defensive tactics in the period under discussion.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Ancient History 2b: Themes and Theories in Ancient History (ANHI08013) OR Classical Art 2A: The Development of Greek and Roman Art (CACA08009) OR Classical Archaeology 2b: Materials and Methods (CACA08010) OR
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements A Pass in 'Ancient History 2b' (ANHI08013) OR in 'Classical Art 2A' (CACA08009) OR in Classical Archaeology 2b (CACA08010) OR in Roman Art and Archaeology (CACA08011) is required (or 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 Classical Archaeology) at grade B or above (or to 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, in class discussion, coursework and examination as required, a sound understanding of the different modern approaches to the study of Roman frontiers;
  2. demonstrate, in class discussion, coursework and examination as required, an advanced understanding of the Roman frontier defensive tactics, military architecture and army between the 1st and the 4th centuries AD;
  3. demonstrate, in class discussion, coursework and examination as required, an ability to conduct research related to the topic of the course;
  4. demonstrate, in class discussion, coursework and examination as required, the ability to engage critically with a diverse range of evidence - incl. textual and archaeological.
Reading List
Bishop, M.C. and Coulston, J.C.N., 2006 Roman Military Equipment, 2nd edn, Oxford.

Blockley, R.C., 1992 East Roman Foreign Policy, Leeds.

Dodgeon, M.H. and Lieu, S.N.C., 1991 The Roman Eastern Frontier and the Persian Wars (AD 226-363), London and New York.

Greatrex, G. and Lieu, S.N.C., 2002 The Roman Eastern Frontier and the Persian Wars (AD 363-630), London.

Johnson, A., 1983 Roman Forts of the 1st and 2nd centuries AD in Britain and the German Provinces, London.

Johnson S., 1983 Late Roman Fortifications, London.

Le Bohec, Y., 1994 The Imperial Roman Army, London.

Edwell, P.M., 2008 Between Rome and Persia: the middle Euphrates, Mesopotamia and Palmyra under Roman Control, London-New York.

Sarantis, A. and Christie, N. (eds), 2013 War and Warfare in Late Antiquity, Leiden.

Elton, H., 1996 Frontiers of the Roman Empire, London.

Isaac, B., 1990 The Limits of Empire: the Roman Army in the East. Oxford.

Parker, S.T., 2006. The Roman Frontier in Central Jordan: Final Report on the Limes Arabicus Project, 1980-1989, Washington, D.C.

Whittaker, C.R., 1994 Frontiers of the Roman Empire: a social and economic study. Baltimore-London.
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Course organiserDr Emanuele Ettore Intagliata
Tel: (0131 6)50 9110
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