Not currently offered

Course handbook


Introduces key aspects of the worlds of Ancient Greece and Rome in the context of Mediterranean civilisation. Investigation of these fascinating civilisations will include the following topics:

- Society and culture in Greece and Rome

- Greek families, Roman families, households and values

- Slaves and slavery

- City life in Athens, Greece and Rome

- Plague and disease

- War warfare, generals and politics

These 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 Greek empires and the Roman world.


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, including maps, timelines, charts, visuals and archaeological forms.

2. Relate events in their historical contexts and recognise key events and persons.

3. Have developed an understanding of Greek and Roman society in historical and geographical contexts, including appreciation of core concepts such as citizenship, government, slavery, gender, education and war.

4. Synthesise information to draw reasonable conclusions or critical summaries.

5. Demonstrate understanding thorough (well-written, researched essay forms, incorporating formal referencing) a range of assessment items.


  • Society, households, values and culture in Greece and Rome
  • War, warfare, generals and political strife in Athens and Sparta and Rome.
  • Slaves and slavery : Spartacus and slave rebellions
  • City life and politics in Athens and Rome
  • Archaeology and its value for classical studies, and plague and disease in the ancient world.


This course is not available to students who have successfully completed or are enrolled in EPHUMA138 or EPHUMA238.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Source Analysis

Essay: In Class Essay

Essay: Mid Essay

Essay: Final Essay

Formal Examination: Final examination