Undergraduate Course: The Emperor in the Late Roman World (ANHI10026)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The course explores the developing political and religious role of the emperor in the Later Roman empire (284-565), as well as contemporary perceptions (especially, but not only, in literary texts) of emperors in the period.
Roman emperors possessed and were seen to possess extraordinary personal power. But with a massive empire which took months to cross, and distant and varied subordinates with their own ambitions and agendas, emperors' room for action was always constrained and their personal survival often under threat. In the later Roman Empire (284-565), the presentation of the emperor became ever more grandiose, distant, and semi-divine; a vast and burgeoning bureaucratic state arose, and imperial patronage flowed through new channels, most notably Christian bishops. This course will look both at the individuals associated with these great changes, from Diocletian and Constantine through to Justinian, via characters like the pagan reactionary Julian and the teenage puppet Honorius; we will examine the developing elites of the period; we will look at what difference Christianity made, and at how subjects, great and humble, perceived and were expected to perceive the emperor.
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 2021/22, 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)
||Degree examination: 60%
Degree examination: 1 two-hour paper including passages from ancient texts for comment, analysis and interpretation.
Coursework: 1 problem-oriented coursework essay of c. 3,500 words.
Part-Year Visiting Student (VV1) Variant Assessment:
If this course runs in the first semester - Semester 1 (only) visiting students will be examined in the December exam diet.
||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.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the place of the emperors in the Roman empire of the late third to sixth centuries;
- Demonstrate an understanding of the changing perceptions of emperors in the period and the sources, literary and material, though which they are perceived;
- Demonstrate an understanding of the government of the late Roman state, the role of elites, and the effects of Christianisation;
- Demonstrate an understanding of trends within modern historical writing on Late Antiquity;
- Demonstrate bibliographical research skills for topics not taught directly.
|Ammianus Marcellinus: The Later Roman Empire AD 354-378 (W. Hamilton and A. Wallace-Hadrill, Harmondsworth, 1986)|
P.R.L. Brown, Power and Persuasion in Late Antiquity (Philadelphia, 1992)
R.M. Errington, Roman Imperial Policy from Julian to Theodosius (Chapel Hill, 2006)
L.H.C. Grig and G.A.J. Kelly (eds) Two Romes: Rome and Constantinople in Late Antiquity (New York, 2012)
A.H.M. Jones, The Later Roman Empire. A Social, Economic and Administrative Survey (3 vols., Oxford, 1964)
A.H.M. Jones, J.R. Martindale, and J. Morris, The Prosopography of the Later Roman Empire I. AD 260-395 (Cambridge, 1971)
C.M. Kelly, Ruling the Later Roman Empire (Cambridge, Mass., 2004)
J.F. Matthews, Western Aristocracies and Imperial Court (Oxford, 21992)
J.F. Matthews, The Roman Empire of Ammianus (London, 1989; 2Ann Arbor, 2008)
S. Mitchell, The Later Roman Empire (Oxford, 2007)
D.S. Potter, The Roman Empire at Bay, AD 180-395 (London, 2014)
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||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.
|Course organiser||Dr Gavin Kelly
Tel: (0131 6)50 3581
|Course secretary||Miss Rachel Ord
Tel: (0131 6)50 9110