The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


Provides an examination of the ancient cultures of Greece and Rome. The main topics under examination include lifestyle; religion; gender and familial issues (the role of women, men and children in society); the military systems; social elements (including slavery). The time frame covers 5th Century BC Greece and 2nd Century BC-1st Century AD Rome.


Not currently offered.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Acquire a satisfactorily informed and in-depth knowledge of Ancient Cultures that incorporates an understanding of chronology, social information and cultural specificities.

2. Gain an academic understanding of historical and cultural influences of ancient Greece and Rome on the sequential social environments of Western society.

3. Develop Communication Skills that involve oral communication, written communication and electronic communication.

4. Develop research skills: especially in the areas of independent research skills and to demonstrate the ability to communicate the products of research in a clear, concise and analytical manner.


  1. Introduction: Aims, Teaching Methodology
  2. The Greek World: Geography, Demography, Early History
  3. Religion
  4. Social Structure
  5. Lifecycle: Birth and Childhood
  6. Gender Roles: The Male Citizen and the Greek Woman
  7. Rituals: Marriage and Religious Festivals
  8. Lifestyle: Warfare and Recreation (the Symposium)
  9. The Roman World: Geography, Demography, Early History
  10. Greek Influences
  11. Social Structure
  12. Roman Values
  13. Politics
  14. Imperialism
  15. Gender Roles: The Male Citizen and Roman Women (Aristocratic Women, Lower Class Women)
  16. Rituals: Death Ceremonies and Sacrifice
  17. Lifestyle: Warfare and Recreation (the Roman Games and the Colosseum)

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Empathy project

Written Assignment: Source analysis

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial paper

Written Assignment: Additional study (e.g. film review)

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Tutorial: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. - Minimum of 80 percent attendance is expected in this course.