Rome: A Survey of History and Archaeology

Course code AHIS1060Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

A survey of the history of Rome from the city's foundation to the end of the Julio-Claudian period (753 BC to AD 69). The focus of the course is on historical changes and developments throughout this period. It reviews the debt owed by Western Civilisation to Ancient Rome, in areas such as religion, legislation, politics, the judiciary, military matters, philosophy, literature, engineering, architecture, urban planning, society, trade, etc. The course employs evidence from ancient writers to plot intellectual developments, and it exploits the visible remains of Rome's civilisation to show the originality and adaptability of its people.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesOn completion of this course students will:
1. be familiar with evidence relevant to ancient Rome (753 BC to AD 69)
2. be able to compare and contrast types of evidence in terms of credibility, and to appreciate and express the limits of ancient evidence
3. have assimilated the terminology of the discipline
4. have investigated the periods of history and major events under consideration, as well as major historical figures
5. be able to evaluate, investigate and write about problems in Roman history
6. be able to understand Roman societies in different periods
7. be able to recognize many of the archaeological features of the period
and will have developed:
1. an ability to think critically
2. an ability to conduct research
3. an enhanced ability to present arguments and analysis in written and oral form
ContentContent includes:
a survey of the history of the period from 753BC to AD69;
how Roman society changed and developed;
the City of Rome and its evolution;
the religion of the Romans;
Roman innovation in legislative and judicial spheres;
The 'mesh' between Roman history and politics;
the role of the military in the acquisition of empire and within society;
Roman attitudes and values, from Republic to Empire;
the development of literature and the arts;
Roman engineering and architecture.
TransitionNot applicable
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNone
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsLong assignment 40%

Short assignment 30%
Quiz - Class2 in class quizzes 30%
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term