• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Ancient History
  • Areas of interest History
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

Traditionally, studies of the Roman world have emphasized the City at the expense of the countryside, the public sphere rather than the private , the lifestyle of the rich and influential rather than that of craftsmen, tradesmen, peasants and slaves, and of men rather than women. This course aims to go some way to correcting these biases. We shall study the Romans at home rather than in the Forum or in the Senate House. We shall study everyday topics such as housing structures, gardens, household equipment, diet, the water supply and health. We shall look at family structure and life expectancy.

By drawing together the archaeological record and literary sources, we shall explore some of the physical aspects of life in the Greco-Roman world of the first and second centuries AD.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have:

  1. Enhanced their understanding of the Greco-Roman world of C1-C2AD through a study of often neglected aspects of everyday living;
  2. Confronted the range of evidence that, along with the written evidence (including literature), assists in our reconstruction of this world;
  3. Developed independent ideas about the past--and about the present in the light of the past;
  4. Developed a number of specific skills: clear-headed evaluation of written and other evidence; efficient conduct of research; effective presentation of argument in speech and writing.



Indicative Assessment

Tutorial participation (10%) [LO 1, 2, 3, 4]

In-class exercises (10%) [LO 1, 2, 3, 4]

Group presentation and written notes (2 pp) (10%) [LO 1, 2, 3, 4]

Essay (2,000 words) (30%) [LO 1, 2, 3, 4]

One three-hour exam in the examination period (40%) [LO 1, 2, 3, 4]

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The course consists of one 1–hour lecture, one 2–hour tutorial, and seven hours of associated study time per week.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units of Classics (CLAS) or History (HIST) or Greek (GREK) or Ancient History (ANCH) or Latin (LATN) Courses.Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convener to enrol in this course.

Preliminary Reading

* Apuleius, The Golden Ass, Oxford World Classics
* Shelton, J, As the Romans Did, 2nd ed, OUP




Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1164
2014 $2478
2013 $2472
2012 $2472
2011 $2424
2010 $2358
2009 $2286
2008 $2286
2007 $2286
2006 $2286
2005 $2286
2004 $1926
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2574
2014 $3246
2013 $3240
2012 $3240
2011 $3240
2010 $3240
2009 $3240
2008 $3240
2007 $3132
2006 $3132
2005 $3132
2004 $2916
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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