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.

Rome's Empire: Law and Power in the Provinces CLASSIC5089

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2 (Alternate Years)
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course deals with the Roman empire (200 B.C. - A.D. 200) from the perspective of the provinces, exploring the political, economic and cultural changes which accompanied the spread of Roman power. Using a range of source material - epigraphic, archaeological, numismatic and textual - the focus is on understanding the experience of empire across geographical and social boundaries. The distinct resources available in Glasgow for the study of Roman Scotland are a particular focus of the course.


Two hours per week as scheduled in MyCampus, involving seminars, lectures and workshops

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level

Excluded Courses

Rome's Empire: Law and Power in the Provinces (Honours)




Essay (5000 words)  - 100%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

This course aims to:

analyse the Roman empire from Roman and provincial perspectives, during republican and imperial periods, and in eastern and western provinces;

 explore the experiences of Roman governors, Roman officials and non-officials, local elites and lower strata of provincial society through a number of case studies;

 understand the mechanisms by which the Romans attempted to impose their power and influence on local peoples, including the use of Roman law, and the responses which these attempts produced;

• investigate the interplay between politics at Rome and activities in the provinces

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

analyse modern theories on the nature of Roman imperialism.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

analyse the working of Roman provincial government from a practical and theoretical view point;

 evaluate the sources in an informed and perceptive manner, both at a very detailed level (discussion and museum report) and in relation to wider material, historical, social, political, economic, and cultural contexts (discussion and essay);

• develop and formulate their own arguments on the nature of Roman provincial administration and its variant forms;

 analyse and evaluate modern theories on the nature of Roman imperialism

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.