The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


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 currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2018.

Learning outcomes

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

1. be familiar with evidence relevant to ancient Rome (753 BC to AD 69)

2. compare and contrast types of evidence in terms of credibility, and to appreciate and express the limits of ancient evidence

3. assimilate the terminology of the discipline

4. have investigated the periods of history and major events under consideration, as well as major historical figures

5. evaluate, investigate and write about problems in Roman history

6. understand Roman societies in different periods

7. recognize many of the archaeological features of the period and will have developed: ability to think critically 2. an ability to conduct research 3. an enhanced ability to present arguments and analysis in written and oral form


Content 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.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Long assignment

Quiz: In-class quiz

Written Assignment: Short assignment

Participation: Tutorial participation