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Undergraduate Course: The Roman World 1A: The Rise of Rome (CLGE08003)

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 the Romans in the period from the foundation of Rome to the time of Augustus, focusing on the city of Rome and the spread of Roman power across the ancient world.
Course description The course will cover the political and social history of Rome down to Augustus, together with the material culture, monuments, art, literature and thought of the Romans during this period. Lectures will cover topics such as early Rome, the conquest of Italy and the Mediterranean, Roman myth and religion, the city of Rome, Roman poetry and drama, the fall of the republic and the Augustan revolution. Further topics and the sources for them will be explored in tutorials. The course can be studied on its own or as a prelude to its sister course, The Roman World 1B: The Roman Empire (it is also possible to study the two courses in reverse order, The Roman World 1B in one year and The Roman World 1A in the next).
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 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  156
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 33, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 5, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 156 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework:
2000 word Essay (25%)
750 word Written exercise (15%)

Two hour exam 60%
Feedback Students will receive individual written feedback on their coursework, and in addition generic feedback on the assignment will also be published on the course virtual learning environment. Students will have the opportunity to discuss feedback further with the Course Organiser during their published office hours or by appointment.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. assess, analyse and criticise the various forms of ancient materials;
  2. compare and evaluate different approaches to and explanations of the ancient materials in the secondary sources and make critical choices between them;
  3. express their ideas and arguments clearly (in both oral and written form);
  4. compare data from different sources and draw conclusions from them;
  5. organise their own learning, manage their workload and work to a timetable.
Reading List
Beard, M., and Crawford, M.H. (1985), Rome in the Late Republic, 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
Brunt, P.A. (1971), Social Conflicts in the Roman Republic, London
Conte, G.B. (1994), Latin Literature: a History, Baltimore
Cornell, T.J. (1995), The Beginnings of Rome: Italy and Rome from the Bronze Age to the Punic Wars (c. 1000-264 BC), London and New York
Flower, H.I. (2004), ed., The Cambridge Companion to the Roman Republic, Cambridge
Harrison, S.J. (2005), A Companion to Latin Literature, Malden, MA, and Oxford
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
Rosenstein, N.S., and Morstein-Marx, R. (2006), eds, A Companion to the Roman Republic, Oxford
Scullard, H.H. (1980), A History of the Roman World 753-146 BC, ed. 4, London
Scullard, H.H. (1982), From the Gracchi to Nero: A History of Rome 133 BC-AD 68, ed. 5, London
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information 1 hour(s) per week for 5 week(s).
KeywordsRoman World 1A
Course organiserDr Lina Girdvainyte
Tel: (0131 6)50 6693
Course secretaryMrs Shannon McMillan
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