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Postgraduate Course: Roman Archaeology (PGHC11146)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course covers a selection of topics within Roman archaeology and history, such as numismatics, epigraphy, the interpretation of archaeological fieldwork reports, polytheism and Christian iconoclasm. Its main aim is to teach participants the skills needed to navigate their own way through the increasingly complex sources of evidence on the Roman world and to independently compile and critically use relevant publications in a range of western European languages.
Course description This course focuses on the Roman Empire (1st century BC to 7th century AD) and its material remains against the background of all available sources, including the written evidence. The Roman Empire has frequently been split up into smaller arbitrary study regions (e.g. the area of a modern state), while this course places a deliberate emphasis on the interconnectedness of its territories and the advantages of a geographically and methodologically broad approach. Through guided reading, exercises, seminar presentations and discussions essential skills will be trained, ranging from the effective use of bibliographies and archaeological site reports, to the study of portable objects, notably coins, as well as the interpretation of the evidence in the broadest possible context.
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
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate knowledge in key aspects of the geography and chronology of the Roman Empire
  2. Demonstrate understanding of key elements of archaeological reports
  3. Demonstrate an awareness of some significant regional differences and similarities in the culture of various parts of the Roman world
  4. Use critically a variety of different categories of material and written evidence
  5. Demonstrate bibliographical research skills to be able to find independently additional information on Roman archaeology in its wider context.
Reading List
Bérard, F. and Briquel, D., 2010 Guide de l'épigraphiste, 4th edn, Paris

Cancik, H. and Rüpke J. (eds), 1997. Römische Reichsreligion und Provinzialreligion, Tübingen

Casey, P.J. and Reece, R. (eds), 1988 Coins and the Archaeologist, 2nd edn, London

Clauss, M., 2000 The Roman Cult of Mithras, the God and his mysteries, Edinburgh

Creighton, J.D. and Wilson, R.J.A. (eds), 1999 Roman Germany: Studies in cultural interaction, JRA Suppl. 32, Portsmouth, Rhode Island

Jones, G.D.B. and Mattingly, D., 1990 An Atlas of Roman Britain, Oxford

Keppie, L., 1991 Understanding Roman inscriptions, London

Kienast, D., 1996 Römische Kaisertabelle, 2nd edn, Darmstadt

Roman Imperial Coinage, 1st edn, I-X and 2nd edn, I-II.1, 1923-2007, London

Sauer, E., 2003 The Archaeology of Religious Hatred in the Roman and early medieval world, Stroud

Sauer, E., Omrani Rekavandi, H., Wilkinson, T., Nokandeh, J. et al. 2013. Persia's Imperial Power in Late Antiquity, Oxford

Wacher, J. (ed.), 1987 The Roman World, 2 vols, London
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsRomArch Roman Archaeology
Course organiserProf Eberhard Sauer
Tel: (0131 6)50 3587
Course secretaryMiss Danielle Jeffery
Tel: (0131 6)50 7128
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