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.

From the Gracchi to Sulla: the sources and the history 133-70 BC CLASSIC4062

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2 (Alternate Years)
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course investigates the history of the Roman state in the period 133-70 BC from political, social and economic perspectives through a thematic approach. The course offers students the chance to study in depth a range of source material such as inscriptions, coinage and texts, and the opportunity to engage with a central period of Roman republican history.


9hrs lectures, 9hrs seminars and 2hrs museum visit, as scheduled on MyCampus. This is one of the Honours options in Classics and may not run every year. The options that are running this session are available on MyCampus.

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





Essay (3,500 words) - 70%

Presentation (10 minutes) - 30%

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:

■ explore the political, social and economic history of the late Republican period at Rome;

■ understand the ways in which the Roman republican state and its institutions functioned;

■ investigate the important events and individuals of this period;

■ analyse a wide range of literary and non-literary sources;

■ discuss modern scholarship dealing with this period.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ place the important events and individuals of this period in their historical contexts;

■ analyse ancient sources, literary and non-literary, in an informed and perceptive manner, both at a detailed level and in relation to wider material, historical, social, political, economic, and cultural contexts;

■ understand and explain political, social and economic change in this period

■ develop, formulate and critique written arguments on the nature and development of the Roman state in the period;

■ use and critique modern scholarship on this period.

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.