Roman Society


An exploration of various aspects of Roman social life and civilisation in the Late Republican and Early Imperial eras.



  • Semester 1 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

1. Isolating the most important sources on Roman Social history and gaining an understanding of their coverage and limitations.

2. Developing of a critical approach to modern interpretations of Roman Society.

3. Understanding the structure of the course of a life in the Roman world, and differences of emphasis from the modern world.

4. Appreciation of the shape of the urban environment and its impact on social structure.

5. Ability to express such appreciation and criticisms succinctly and accurately.


The structure of Roman Society

The life cycle: birth, marriage, old age, death

Gender and status in Roman society


Living conditions

The urban environment

The games

Health and diet

Assumed Knowledge

20 units at any level in Ancient History or History

Assessment Items

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Two tutorial papers

Essay: Major essay

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

For particular dates and times refer to course guide.