• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Ancient History
  • Areas of interest Classics and Ancient History
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Christopher Bishop
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2014
    See Future Offerings

By the end of the second century BCE, Rome was the greatest power in the Mediterranean World, and the master of a vast Empire. Yet, less than a century later, the Republican political system had disintegrated amid a series of horrifying civil wars. In its place, a veiled autocracy was established, with Augustus as the first emperor. Why was the Republican political system, which had delivered such stunning successes abroad, torn apart from within?  And how did Augustus manage to secure and consolidate power, in spite of the traditional Roman distrust of autocracy?  In this course, we shall attempt to answer these questions.  In doing so, special attention will be given to various key aspects of the social history of the Roman World, and their interaction with political and military events.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon satisfying the requirements for this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Speak with some authority on the periods of history under study;
  2. Think critically and analytically about historical problems and issues;
  3. Write more effectively and critically;
  4. Distinguish between primary and secondary sources and critically evaluate them.

Indicative Assessment

Tutorial presentation (15%) [Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4]

One 2,500 word essay (35%) [Learning Outcomes: 2,3,4]

Two hour final examination (40%) [Learning Outcomes: 2,3,4]

Tutorial participation (10%) [Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4]

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On campus.

Approximately 3 contact hours per week (two lectures and one tutorial), generating 7 hours of preparation time.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ANCH6104.

Prescribed Texts

Sallust, Catiline's War, The Jugurthine War, Histories, trans. A.J. Woodman

Plutarch, The Fall of the Roman Republic, trans. R. Warner

Plutarch, Makers of Rome, trans. I. Scott-Kilvert

Cicero, Selected Political Speeches, trans. M. Grant

Dio Cassius, The Roman History: The Reign of Augustus, trans. I. Scott-Kilvert

Additional readings on Wattle

Preliminary Reading

Crawford, M., The Roman Republic, Fontana, London, 1992, 2nd edition.

Eck, W., The Age of Augustus, Blackwell, Oxford, 2003.




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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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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
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8800 21 Jul 2014 01 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

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