The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


The course covers military and social history from the death of Caesar to the death of Augustus; the main focus is on political and social change, and the quality of the main sources on the period.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Critique contradictory versions in ancient sources.

2. Evaluate differing versions of major events in a historical period.

3. Identify the development of broad trends in the Augustan period.

4. Analyse major developments in the Augustan period.


The course will introduce students to key evidence for the age of Augustus (from the death of Julius Caesar in 44 BC to the death of Augustus in AD 14), literary, numismatic, inscriptional and archaeological. It will examine the reasons for changes in Roman politics and society brought about by the evolution of an imperial regime from a faltering Republican system. There will also be a focus on developments in the city of Rome that accommodated and represented these changes. Late Republican and Augustan literature will be treated in parallel with historical and societal evidence. Important themes will be explored in the writings of the major litterateurs Cicero, Vergil, Horace, Livy, Propertius and Ovid, and in the works of lesser well-known historical and biographical writers of the period.


This course replaces AHIS3110. If you have successfully completed AHIS3110 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

20 units at 1000 level in AHIS

Assessment items

In Term Test: In-class test - Source analysis test (25%)

In Term Test: In-class test - Tutorial Exercise (25%)

In Term Test: In-class test - Quiz (10%)

Essay: Major Essay (40%)

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks