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The Roman World


  • Credit value: 30 credits at Level 5
  • Convenor: Professor Catharine Edwards
  • Assessment: a 500-word source analysis (20%), 1000-word journal article summary (30%) and 2000-word essay (50%)

Module description

This module provides a basic knowledge of the history of the Roman world. The focus will be on the Roman Republic and Empire. The lectures are arranged thematically and chronologically, and are followed by classes focusing on a particular aspect of the subject or dealing with sources related to the subject. You will be introduced to different kinds of evidence from the ancient world, including texts, archaeological remains and art.

Indicative module syllabus

  • Introduction - the Roman constitution
  • Imperial expansion
  • The late Republic - politics
  • The late Republic - decline?
  • Augustus
  • Nero
  • Men and women
  • Trajan and the army
  • Freedmen and freedwomen
  • Religion

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will:

  • have an understanding of the key issues in ancient Roman history
  • be able to discuss the history, culture and politics of the ancient world.