Classical Roman civilisation 1B ADED11694E

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course explores the world of Imperial Rome, building upon material studied in Classical Roman Civilisation 1A, but it can be taken separately. Starting with the death of Rome's first emperor, Augustus, we will explore his legacy as it played out during the reigns of the four Julio-Claudian emperors who followed him, ending with the death of the notorious Nero (AD 14-68). Key topics will include imperial activity abroad, developments and highpoints in art, architecture and literature, and the changing roles of Imperial women in politics.


Block 2

2 hours per week for 10 weeks

Tuesdays, 19.00-21.00

Requirements of Entry

None, but Classical Roman Civilisation 1A is recommended.

Excluded Courses





Contribution to course blog/wiki and engagement with peers' contributions (c. 500 words; 25%)

Source analysis worksheet (25%)

Essay (1500 words, 50%)

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Explore Roman history and culture

■ Introduce students to critical approaches to historical, literary and archaeological sources

■ Develop in students the transferable skills of careful reading, clear and analytical communication (written and oral), and of visual sensitivity to architecture and art.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Critically read and comment on literary texts based on adequate knowledge of their historical and cultural context

■ Demonstrate knowledge of historical analysis and source criticism


■ Comment critically on archaeological evidence relating to the period covered

■ Engage in written and oral discussion about the material covered in the course.

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.