Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


This course covers the rise of Rome from its mythical foundation in the 8th Century BCE to its prominent role in the Mediterranean by the middle of the 2nd Century BCE. The focus is on the geography and topography of Italy and Rome; a study of Roman political and social structures; military organisation; and the evolution of the Roman empire. Attention is also on the Roman self-image, as evidenced in the value system, foundation mythology, and propaganda. Students study the major evidence for Rome - both written and archaeological - in order to develop the skills of the ancient historian., and are introduced to the applications of Digital Humanities in the study of Ancient History.



  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a broad knowledge and understanding of the development of Rome between the legendary period and the mid-2nd Century BCE;

2. Evaluate and employ major types of primary evidence, from written works to various forms of material culture;

3. Develop introductory skills in translating information on ancient Rome to a digital format;

4. Demonstrate skills to effectively articulate arguments succinctly and accurately.


  • Foundation myths
  • Geography and topography in the development of Rome's preeminent position in Italy
  • Political organisation
  • Social structure
  • Military organisation
  • Early imperialism
  • Instruction in working with ancient or primary sources
  • Instruction and information on Digital Humanities and ancient Rome

Assessment items

Log / Workbook: Preparation of a Glossary of historical terms (10%)

Presentation: Tutorial presentation (30%)

Report: A structured analytical account of a major historical event (30%)

Online Learning Activity: Creation of a digital map (30%)

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Self-Directed Learning

Online 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 8 Weeks

Weeks 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.