- Code ANCH6104
- 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 Archaeology, Classics and Ancient History , History, European Studies
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.
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 a wide range of primary historical sources;
3. Conduct research using both the primary sources and a wide range of modern scholarship on the period;
4. Formulate comprehensive logical arguments based on the primary source evidence;
5. Communicate clearly and effectively in both oral and written modes;
6. Develop a thorough knowledge of European, Asian and Middle Eastern Geography, and an understanding of how ancient maps onto modern geographical space.
Indicative AssessmentTutorial participation (10%) [Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 4, 5]
Tutorial presentation, inc. 500 word submission (10%) [Learning outcomes 1-5]
4 quizzes, 15 mins each, (5% each for a total of 20%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 6]
Essay, 3000 words (30%) [Learning Outcomes: 1-5]
Exam, 2 hours, held during the final examination period (30%) [Learning Outcomes: 1-5]
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Workload130 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
Prescribed TextsSallust, 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
Preliminary ReadingCrawford, M., The Roman Republic, Fontana, London, 1992, 2nd edition.
Eck, W., The Age of Augustus, Blackwell, Oxford, 2003.
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|9230||27 Jul 2020||03 Aug 2020||31 Aug 2020||30 Oct 2020||In Person||N/A|