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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of History, Classics and Archaeology : Classics General

Undergraduate Course: The Roman World 1B: The Roman Empire (CLGE08004)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will introduce students to the history and culture of Rome under the emperors. It will focus both on the city of Rome and its vast empire, from the Antonine Wall to the Euphrates.
Course description The course will cover the political and social history of Rome from the death of Augustus to the late 3rd century AD, together with the material culture, monuments, art, literature and thought of the Romans during this period. Lectures will cover topics such the expansion of the empire, the Roman army, Roman religion, monuments of the city of Rome, Roman villas, and Roman poetry and drama, as well as the various imperial dynasties. Further topics and the sources for them will be explored in tutorials.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  214
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 33, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 5, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 158 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework:
2,500 word Essay (60%)
1,000 word Gobbet Commentary (40%)

You must attempt all elements of assessment to pass the course. If you have achieved a pass mark overall but fail to submit a coursework essay or the written exercise, you will be given a Force Fail result.
Feedback 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.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate, by way of coursework, that they can assess, analyse and criticise the various forms of ancient materials;
  2. demonstrate, by way of coursework, that they can compare and evaluate different approaches to and explanations of the ancient materials in the secondary sources and make critical choices between them;
  3. demonstrate, by way of coursework, that they can express their ideas and arguments clearly (in both oral and written form);
  4. demonstrate, by way of coursework, that they can compare data from different sources and draw conclusions from them;
  5. demonstrate, by way of coursework, that they can organise their own learning, manage their workload and work to a timetable.
Reading List
Alston, R. (1998) Aspects of Roman History, AD 14-117. London
Boatwright, M.T., Gargola, D.J., Lenski, N., and Talbert, R.J.A. (2012) The Romans: From Village to Empire: A History of Rome from Earliest Times to the End of the Western Empire, ed. 2, New York and Oxford
Coulston, J. and Dodge, H., eds (2000) Ancient Rome: the Archaeology of the Eternal City. Oxford
Harrison, S.J. (2005) A Companion to Latin Literature, Malden, MA, and Oxford
Kraus, C.S. and A.J. Woodman (1997) Latin Historians. Oxford
Le Bohec, Y. (2000) The Imperial Roman Army. London
McKay, A.G. (1975) Houses, Villas and Palaces in the Roman World. Baltimore and London
Potter, D. (1998) Literary Texts and the Roman Historian, London
Potter, D. (2014) Rome in the Ancient World: From Romulus to Justinian, ed. 2, London
Wallace-Hadrill, A. (1983) Suetonius: The Scholar and his Caesars , London
Ward-Perkins, J. B. (1981). Roman Imperial Architecture. London
Woodman, A.J. (2009) The Cambridge Companion to Tacitus. Cambridge
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information 1 hour(s) per week for 5 week(s).
KeywordsRoman World 1B
Course organiserProf Eberhard Sauer
Tel: (0131 6)50 3587
Course secretaryMs Jenni Vento
Tel: (0131 6)50 3781
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