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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 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  166
Course Start Semester 2
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 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.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)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
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 (This is the prescribed text. Please not that it does not matter if you read this edition or ed. 1 of 2004, which is available online via DiscoverEd.)

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 secretaryMiss Lauren Smith
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