The Roman Republic in Imperial Imagination CLASSIC4067

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • 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 representations of the Roman Republic in imperial texts and material evidence. The aim is to study the representations and their backgrounds and to consider the implications of imperial reconstructions of the republican period: how do the imperial sources depict the Republic? Do the imperial sources distort our image of the Republic and in what ways? How revolutionary was 'the Roman Revolution'? The course offers the opportunity to engage with a range of source material including texts, coinage, and monuments.


Eight x 2-hour seminars; one x 2-hour museum tour; one x 2-hour online seminar as scheduled 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





Museum report (1500 words) - 30%

Extended essay (5000 words) - 70%

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:

■ study Roman imperial understandings and representations of the Roman republican period;

■ explore major issues such as historical periodisation and notions of change and continuity;

■ investigate the interplay between textual and archaeological representations

■ analyse a wide range of sources: textual, numismatic and archaeological;

■ discuss diverging modern analyses of imperial representations of the republican period and the change from republican to imperial political system.

■ engage in informed dialogue on the course with fellow students and staff both in seminars and on-line.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ describe forms of Roman imperial representation of the Roman Republic;

■ discuss sources in an informed and perceptive manner, both at a very detailed level and in relation to wider material, historical, social, political, economic, and cultural contexts;

■ compare imperial representations across time and space;

■ develop and formulate their own arguments on the nature of Roman imperial representations of republican history, political system, culture and periods;

■ use and critique modern theories on the nature of imperial reconstructions of the Republic;

■ employ appropriate research skills to construct a valid essay question with a relevant bibliography as a basis for essay writing;

■ carry out an extended writing project to a deadline and produce at the end a lucid, well-argued and well-researched document;

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.