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.


  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course introduces students to the art and architecture of late-republican and early-imperial Rome, and to current and earlier approaches to understanding it in its historical and social context.


2 hours per week includes 16 lectures, 4 seminars 

Requirements of Entry

Available to all students fulfilling requirements for Honours entry into Classics, Greek or Latin, and by arrangement to visiting students or students of other Honours programmes.

Excluded Courses





Two 2,000-word essays (20% each), one 1.5-hour examination (60%)

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

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 the opportunity to:

■ Introduce students to some of the major surviving art and architecture of the late Roman Republic and early Imperial period, and to some of the main problems of methodology and interpretation which attach to them

■ Introduce students of Classics to other approaches to understanding the society whose history and literature they study elsewhere

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Apply detailed knowledge of primary material in all forms of assessment

■ Show in all forms of assessment an understanding of modern interpretative assessment

■ Compare, contrast, and evaluate competing interpretations

■ Apply at a level appropriate to the assignment, knowledge of modern secondary literature to the interpretation of primary material

■ Evaluate research, interpretative and argumentative skills in coursework essays

■ Present the results of investigation in seminars and to contribute effectively to discussion

■ Apply such essay skills as the Department has stipulated in the Honours Handbook

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.