Early Roman Empire: from AD 14 to 68

Course code AHIS3220Units 20Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

Students will study aspects of the rule of the Roman emperors from the accession of Tiberius to the fall of Nero. There will be an in-depth examination of various interpretations of the historical evidence for the period, and there will be an emphasis on the political change in Rome, from a Republic to a court-centred society, based on the development of a dynastic system. Students will examine all the evidence for the period in depth: literary, numismatic, epigraphic, artistic and monumental.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn completion of this course students will be able to:

1. Critically discuss early imperial Rome by isolating the most important sources on the Julio-Claudians, both literary and non-literary
2. Understand the strengths and the limitations of all types of evidence, in particular because of the biased and fragmentary nature of ancient evidence
3. Appreciate and understand how different are the styles evident in the literary and epigraphic sources
4. Appreciate and understand how writers living in a Republican or Imperial system report historical events differently, in terms of freedom of expression, and to make valid comparisons to the problems confronting contemporary writers
5. Display a critical approach to the culture of Early Imperial Rome, seeing its differences and similarities to other cultural models, both ancient and modern
6. Appreciate the operation of imperial politics on all levels of society; and how participation in the political system changed from the more democratic modes in place during the Roman Republic to the less democratic system of the Empire
7. Appreciate the operation of court society, its strengths and limitations, and its impact on social structure, with particular reference to the role of women, slaves and ex-slaves
8. To express such appreciation and criticisms succinctly and accurately.
ContentThe emergence of the Roman Imperial system: a study of the literary sources

The Senate, the Emperor and the people: a study of literary, epigraphic and numismatic evidence

Social Change in the Empire: literary, epigraphic, engineering and architectural evidence

Imperial Succession: a study of literary, epigraphic and numismatic evidence

The Roman army and the Provinces: a study of literary, epigraphic and numismatic evidence

Change in the age of the Julio-Claudians: all types of evidence
Replacing Course(s)AHIS3120: The Julio-Claudians, 10 units
TransitionStudents who have completed the following may not enrol: AHIS3120: The Julio-Claudians.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledge20 units of Ancient History
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsTwo or more written assignments, which might include minor or major essays, tutorial papers, quizzes, essay proposals, bibliographies or other similar exercises, totalling 8000 words. 100%
Contact HoursSeminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 11 weeks
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for AHIS3220