• 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

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. Critically engage with the political and social histories and cultures of the Hellenistic Mediterranean world;
  2. Analyse and evaluate primary historical sources;
  3. Conduct research using the primary sources and modern scholarship on the period;
  4. Formulate logical arguments based on the primary source evidence
  5. Communicate clearly and effectively about controversies in ancient history in both oral and written modes
  6. Develop a sophisticated knowledge of European, Asian and Middle Eastern Geography, and an understanding of how ancient geography maps onto modern geographical space

    Indicative Assessment

    Tutorial participation (10%) [Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4,5]

    4 quizzes, 15 mins each, (5% each for a total of 20%) [Learning Outcome 1, 2, 6]

    Essay, 2,500 words (40%) [Learning Outcomes: 1-5]

    Exam, 2 hours, held during the final examination period (30%) [Learning Outcomes: 1-5]

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    Two 1-hour lectures and one 1-hour tutorial per week for 13 weeks. Students are expected to commit a further 7 hours of independent study each teaching week of the semester (total 130 hours)

    Requisite and Incompatibility

    You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ANCH1014.

    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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    2016 $2718
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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
    9427 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person N/A

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