Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Classical Civilisation 2B Online Version: Imperial Rome: City And Empire 31 BC - 180 AD CLASSIC2011

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

This course offers a survey of the literature, art and material culture of ancient Rome in the imperial period, from the reign of Augustus to the late second century AD. After an initial face- to-face meeting, this course will be taught online.


One face to face meeting at the start of the course; Weekly online group work and discussion; viewing of 21 online lectures

Requirements of Entry

Grade D3 or above in one of the following: Classical Civilisation 1A (CLASSIC1001 or 1011), Classical Civilisation1B (CLASSIC1002 or 1012), Classical Greek Civilisation 1B (ADED 1017E), Latin 1A (LATIN1001), 1B (LATIN1002), Greek 1A (GREEK1001), 1B (GREEK1002), Archaeology 1A (ARCH 1001), Archaeology 1B (ARCH 1002), New Testament Greek (TRS1004)

Excluded Courses





Group Video Presentation (10 minutes) - 20%

Essay (2,500 words) - 50%

Exam (60 minutes) - 30%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ study the management of empire from the Julio-Claudian to the Antonine periods;

■ examine the conceptual and physical environment of the city;

■ consider the development and practice of memorialisation and commemoration in different contexts;

■ explore philosophical and political responses to monarchy;

■ explore key methods in the study of Roman literature, culture and society.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ recognise the formal characteristics of imperial Roman literature, monuments and space;

■ relate the textual or visual evidence of the period to its social, political, cultural, material, and/or literary contexts;

■ explain the ways in which the Roman Empire was managed and administered;

■ relate processes of representation in literary and visual media;

■ evaluate modern approaches to Greco-Roman literature and culture;

■ develop, individually and in groups, their own interpretations of texts and images against the different cultural backgrounds of the Roman Empire.

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.