• 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
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2017
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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 successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. critically engage with the political and social history and culture of the late Roman Republic;
  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 in both oral and written modes;
  6. develop a basic knowledge of European, Asian and Middle Eastern Geography, and an understanding of how ancient 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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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials.
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

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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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $2856
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4080
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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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