Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


Explores the structure of Roman society in the late Republic and early imperial period with a focus on gender roles, slavery and status, including the impact of release from slavery. Major developments in a Roman life, including education, living conditions and urban life are also treated.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2020.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Evaluate the most important sources on Roman Social history.

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

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

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

5. Construct arguments that evince criticisms succinctly and accurately.


  1. The typical Roman life cycle from birth to death
  2. Roman attitudes to women and their role in society
  3. Roma funerals and their implications
  4. The impact of status on social expectations
  5. Living conditions including diet and urban life

Assumed knowledge

20 units at any level in Ancient History or History

Assessment items

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: One tutorial paper (30%)

Literature Review: Discussion of relevant literature (30%)

Essay: Major essay (40%)

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