Exploring identity in ancient Rome ADED11504

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 0
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course explores ancient Roman ideas of identity through the lens of gender and sexuality and their impact on Roman culture and society. We will focus on topics including marriage, religion, and prostitution and examine a variety of primary sources in light of modern theoretical approaches to these concepts. 


Block 2

2 hours a week for 5 weeks (Weeks 1-5)

Monday 14.00-16.00

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses






Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course will provide an opportunity to:

■ gain familiarity with a range of evidence for gender and sexuality in Classical antiquity

■ acquire understanding of modern theoretical approaches to gender and sexuality

■ analyse the role of gender and sexuality in structuring Roman life and culture

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to: 

■ critically evaluate a range of sources for gender and sexuality in antiquity within their social and historical contexts 

■ demonstrate understanding of modern theoretical approaches to gender and sexuality and their impact on interpreting the ancient evidence

■ demonstrate understanding of ancient conceptions of sexuality and gender roles in relation to different areas of Roman life and culture

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.