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Undergraduate Course: Roman Egypt (ANHI10102)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryAfter the Battle of Actium, Egypt was annexed and became one of the most valuable provinces in the Roman Empire. A rich amount of evidence survives from this region letting us write a history of Egypt in a way rarely paralleled elsewhere in the ancient world. During the course, students will thus become acquainted with a range of aspects of the history of this remarkable province.
Course description After the Battle of Actium, Egypt was annexed and became one of the most valuable provinces in the Roman Empire. Today, a rich amount of evidence survives from this region, letting us write a history of Egypt in a way rarely paralleled elsewhere in the ancient world. In particular, the documentary record, preserved in the form of extensive bodies of papyri, give us access to aspects of the everyday lives of provincials which we would not necessarily find in the literary sources.

During this course, students will be introduced to the sources of this remarkable province: papyrological, archaeological and literary among them. The history of the region will be covered topically, though students will also develop an understanding of the changes that took place throughout the Roman period. As such, they will gain an insight into the particular subjects for which the Egyptian evidence is so valuable but will also tackle head on the question with which scholars still struggle today: 'How representative is Egypt as a Roman province?'
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Ancient History 2a: Past and Present in the Ancient World (ANHI08014) AND Ancient History 2b: Themes and Theories in Ancient History (ANHI08013)
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Roman Egypt (Online) (PGHC11583) AND Early Roman Egypt (ANHI10079)
Other requirements A pass in Ancient History 2A and 2B or at the discretion of the Course Organiser.
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.

** as numbers are limited, visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Office directly for admission to this course **
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. identify and examine a range of sources relevant to Roman Egypt;
  2. analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship, primary source materials, and conceptual approaches relevant to the study of Roman Egypt;
  3. develop and sustain scholarly arguments by independently formulating appropriate questions and utilizing relevant evidence considered in the course;
  4. evaluate the work of others, and thus develop originality and independence of mind and initiative in selecting and framing essay topics.
Reading List
Alston, R. 2003. Soldier and Society in Roman Egypt: A Social History. London.

Ashton, S-A. 2004. Roman Egyptomania. Ann Arbor, MA.

Bagnall, R. S. 1995. Reading Papyri, Writing Ancient History. London.

Bagnall, R. S. ed. 2009. The Oxford Handbook of Papyrology. Oxford.

Bowman, A. K. 1986. Egypt After the Pharaohs, 332 BC - AD 642: From Alexander to the Arab Conquest. London.

Capponi, L. 2005. Augustan Egypt: The Creation of a Roman Province. London.

Lewis, N. 1983. Life in Egypt under Roman Rule. Oxford.

Riggs, C. ed. 2012. The Oxford Handbook of Roman Egypt. Oxford.

Riggs, C. 2005. The Beautiful Burial in Roman Egypt. Oxford.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills - Assimilate, process and communicate a wide range of information from a variety of sources.
- Process and critically assess information derived from historical research, utilising theoretical and methodological knowledge and skills specific to the subject area.
- Provide clear written and oral analyses based on historical information.
- Master practical skills in accessing and interpreting historical sources.
- Undertake a sustained independent research project in the course essay, and complete it within a strict time limit.
- Construct and pursue a coherent argument driven by analysis of the primary source material.
- Analyse, assimilate and deploy critically a range of secondary literature relevant and essential to the student's individual research subject.
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Course organiserDr Kimberley Czajkowski
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