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Postgraduate Course: Roman Egypt (Online) (PGHC11583)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning 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. 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 Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Early Roman Egypt (ANHI10079) OR Roman Egypt (ANHI10102)
Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should usually have at least 3 courses in Classics, History or Archaeology (at least 1 of which should be in Classics or 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
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  17
Course Start Semester 2
Course Start Date 15/01/2024
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Online Activities 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework:
5,000 word essay (100%)
Feedback Students are expected to discuss their coursework with the Course Organiser at least once prior to submission, and are encouraged to do so more often. Meetings can take place with the Course Organiser during their published office hours or by appointment. Students will also receive feedback on their coursework, and will have the opportunity to discuss that feedback further with the Course Organiser.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. analyse a range of sources relevant to Roman Egypt;
  2. analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship, primary source materials, and conceptual approaches considered in the course;
  3. develop and sustain scholarly arguments, especially in written form, by independently formulating appropriate questions and utilizing relevant evidence considered in the course;
  4. conduct a sustained individual inquiry into a particular aspect of the course topic.
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.
- 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
Tel: (0131 6)50 9110
Course secretaryMrs Lindsay Scott
Tel: (0131 6)50 9948
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