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 And The Mediterranean, 264-80 BC (Greek) GREEK5012

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

Short Description

The course covers the development of Rome into a major Mediterranean power, and provides the opportunity to read relevant source material in Greek.


This is a PG (T) course, taught over one semester. Teaching will be by weekly seminar if enrolment is five or more, or by weekly supervision and guided reading if enrolment is less than five

Requirements of Entry

Available to students who have Greek to Honours level or equivalent, or at the discretion of the MLitt (T) convener

Excluded Courses

Rome and the Mediterranean 264-80 B.C. JTTS

Rome and the Mediterranean 264-80 B.C. JTVS

Rome and the Mediterranean 264-80 B.C. JPFS


One 3000 word coursework essay (50%) and one ninety-minute examination (50%)

Main Assessment In: December

Course Aims

The aim of this course is

to study the processes and events through which the Roman state changes from a city-state with a central Italian hinterland to a world power in the period 264-80 B.C.
to analyse and critique ancient and modern historiography of the period, particularly its tendency to treat the western and eastern Mediterranean separately
to explore the relationship between Rome's expansion during this period and its political and social structures
to explore the relationship between Rome's expansions and the developments in Roman culture during this period

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

- demonstrate an understanding of the history of Rome in the period 264 - 80 B.C. within an Italian, Mediterranean and Hellenistic context
- relate the process of military expansion to the political and social structures of the Roman state
- analyse the development of Roman culture during this period, particularly in relation to Hellenistic culture
- evaluate modern scholarly interpretations of this period
- write well-researched, well-argued and relevant critical essays on the history of Rome 264-80 B.C.
- demonstrate a detailed understanding of the period and of the ancient sources for it through translation of and comment on selected passages from ancient authors

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits