The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered

Course handbook


Introduces key aspects of the world of Rome in the context of Mediterranean civilisation. Topics and the associated assessment tasks provide for significant diversity in learning styles and a better understanding of Mediterranean histories and cultures. The course employs historical, archaeological and other written and literary forms of evidence to shed light upon Greco-Roman societies in the context of the building of the Roman and Republican Empire.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2017.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Utilise and interpret primary and secondary evidence.

2. Compare and contrast different and differing forms of evidence.

3. Relate events in their historical context.

4. Recognise key events, persons and their reportage.

5. Come to a reasonable conclusion or critical summary of events and their historical contexts.

6. Present well-written appreciation in researched essay-form, and a developed understanding of Macedonian and Roman societies in the context of Mediterranean Civilisation.

7. Have developed an understanding of Macedonian and Roman society in historical and geographical contexts.

8. Have read and interpreted maps, time-lines, charts and visual/archaeological forms of evidence.

9. Have solved problems of evidence and appreciate the cultural diversity of Roman society.

10. Have examined internal conflicts of evidence in Roman sources in times of peace and war.

11. Have read and analysed evidence on "Free"/Citizen status and standing and contrast with ancients' views and practices of slavery for presentation of results in clear and sound, researched essay-form.

12. Have examined the role of slaves in ancient societies in the context of the phenomenon of large scale rebellion.


The course covers:

  • Society, households, values and culture in Rome.
  • War, warfare, generals and political strife.
  • Carthage and Rome: Hannibal and Carthage - enemies of Rome.
  • Slaves and slavery: Spartacus and slave rebellion.
  • City life and politics in Rome.
  • Archaeology and its value for Classical Studies of the Macedonian and Roman World.


This course is only available to students who are active in the Open Foundation Program or the Yapug Program.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Source Analysis

Essay: In Class Essay

Essay: Final Essay

Formal Examination: Final examination