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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

In this module we provide you with a basic knowledge of the history of the Roman world, focusing 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 related sources. You will be introduced to different kinds of evidence from the ancient world, including texts, archaeological remains and art.

Indicative 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.