- Code ANCH2009
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will have:
- Enhanced their understanding of the Greco-Roman world of C1-C2AD through a study of often neglected aspects of everyday living;
- Confronted the range of evidence that, along with the written evidence (including literature), assists in our reconstruction of this world;
- Developed independent ideas about the past--and about the present in the light of the past;
- 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.
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
* Apuleius, The Golden Ass, Oxford World Classics
* Shelton, J, As the Romans Did, 2nd ed, OUP
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