The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


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


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. Isolate the most important sources on Roman Social history and gain an understanding of their coverage and limitations.

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

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

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

5. Demonstrate the ability to express such appreciation and criticisms succinctly and accurately.


The structure of Roman SocietyThe life cycle: birth, marriage, old age, deathGender and status in Roman societySlaveryLiving conditionsThe urban environmentThe gamesHealth 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