• 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
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

This course concentrates on the rise of Rome to power over the entire ancient Mediterranean world from 753 to 146 B.C. The rise of Rome from a tiny agricultural community on the banks of the Tiber River in central Italy to an imperial power dominating the Mediterranean region from Spain to Syria and from Gaul (France) to North Africa is a story that continues to fascinate and provoke debates over origins and causes. This course will trace Rome's evolution as a city-state, its conquest and domination of the Italian peninsula, and its conquest of lands overseas, including its disruption of the Hellenistic kingdoms, into which the empire of Alexander the Great had broken after his death, and its destruction of the Kingdom of Macedon, from which the empire of Alexander, and his father Philip II, began.

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 ancient 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; and
    5. develop a basic understanding of the nexus between geography and imperialism.

    Indicative Assessment

    Tutorial participation (10%) Learning outcomes 1, 2, 4
    Geography quizzes, 15 mins each (2 x 5% for a total of 10%) Learning Outcome 5
    Terms and concepts quizzes, 15 mins each (2 x 5% for a total of 10%) Learning Outcomes 1, 2
    Essay, 2500 words (40%) Learning Outcomes 1-4
    Final examination, 2 hours held in the final exam period (30%) Learning Outcomes 1-4

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    130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
    a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorial and tutorial-like activities.
    b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

    Prescribed Texts

    Matthew Dillon and Lynda Garland, Ancient Rome: From the Early Republic to the Assassination of Julius Caesar (Routledge, 2005)




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    Unit value:
    6 units

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    Units EFTSL
    6.00 0.12500
    Domestic fee paying students
    Year Fee
    2020 $3120
    International fee paying students
    Year Fee
    2020 $4800
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