Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


Covers the rise of Rome from its mythical foundation in the 8th century BC to its prominent role in the Mediterranean by the middle of the 2nd century BC. The main focus will be on the evolution of the institutions of Republican government, features of Rome's internal political practice, and the development of her external empire and its administration. Attention will also be paid to the Roman self-image, as evidenced in her value system, foundation mythology, and treatment of her achievement (as seen in major historians).

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2021

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 time of the Gracchi;

2. Evaluate the differing versions of major authorities both ancient and modern relating to the growth of Roman power;

3. Analyse the impact of growing power and working of leadership on the structure of Roman society;

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


This course may explore the historical origins of the following topics:

  • Foundation myths
  • The evolution of Roman institutions
  • The development of a warrior culture and the growth of an empire
  • Political development in the 2nd Century

Assessment items

Presentation: Seminar presentation (30%)

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

Essay: A written response to a question (40%)

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 6 Weeks

Weeks 2, 4, 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.