Roman Art CLASSIC5092

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course introduces students to Roman Art and Architecture and to current and earlier approaches to understanding it in its historical and social context.


17x1 hr lectures, 3x1 hr seminars over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus. 

Requirements of Entry

Standard Entry at Masters at College Level

Excluded Courses





Essay 3,000 words 40%

Exam (90 minutes) 60%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Introduce students to some of the major surviving art and architecture of the late Roman Republic and early Imperial period.

■ Familiarise students with the social and political context of the major monuments and art-works

■ Foreground some of the main problems of methodology and interpretation which attach to them

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

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

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

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

■ 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

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.