The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


Covers the history of Britain from the period of the arrival of Caesar in 55BC to the era of Alfred the Great in the 9th Century AD. The major focus of the course is the impact of the Roman invasion upon the Celtic inhabitants; the development of Roman administration and lifestyle; the end of the Roman presence in the face of developments on the Continent; the coming of the Anglo-Saxons; and the subsequent history and culture of the English until the age of Viking invasion and the reign of Alfred. Emphasis is placed upon the use of ancient source material in translation and archaeological evidence, taken in conjunction with modern scholarly opinion.


Not currently offered.

Learning outcomes

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

1. 1. Knowledge of Roman Britain and Anglo-Saxon England, its history, culture, and tradition from antiquity to the dawn of the mediaeval era 1.1 To offer students a sound, discipline-based study of Roman Britain and Anglo-Saxon England 1.2 To foster an interest in the course and its various components

2. 2. Appreciation of the influence of Roman Britain and Anglo-Saxon England on subsequent history 2.1 To establish and develop connections between Roman Britain and Anglo-Saxon England, its history, culture and tradition and other courses taught within the field of humanities 2.2 To encourage and strengthen linkages between the artistic and cultural worlds of ancient Greece and Rome and the historical and social environments of Western society

3. 3. The Development of Communication Skills 3.1 Oral communication 3.2 Written communication 3.3 Electronic communication

4. 4. Research Development 4.1 Independent research skills 4.2 An ability to communicate the products of research in a clear, concise and analytical manner


An Introduction to the Course: Aims, Teaching Methodology, Difficulties in dealing with the evidence

The conquest and development of Roman Britain from Caesar?s time to the early 5th Century (410AD)

The impact of Romanisation upon Celtic civilisation

The end of Roman Britain in the context of events on the Continent

The arrival of the Saxons and British reaction: Arthur ? the known evidence and the legendary tradition; the Anglo-Saxon settlement

The Gregorian Mission to the English; the process of conversion, the conflict with the Celtic Church, and the development of the English kingdoms

The Kingdom of Northumbria, the supremacy of Mercia, and the coming of the Danes

Alfred the Great

Assumed knowledge

20 units at any level in Ancient History or History

Assessment items

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial paper

Essay: Essay

Written Assignment: Source analysis exercise

In Term Test: In-class examination