Classics (Classical Civilisation) MA/MA(SocSci)

Classical Civilisation 1B: Republican Rome, 220-31 BC CLASSIC1002

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course provides an introduction to the literature, history, and culture, of the Roman Republic (from 220 BC to 19 BC)


Lectures: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 3pm; weekly seminars (choice of times) as scheduled in MyCampus

Excluded Courses





Essay (2,500 words) - 60%

Examination (90 minute duration) - 40%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

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. 


Portfolio is not available for reassessment

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ Introduction the literature, history and material and intellectual culture of Rome in the period 220-31 B.C.;

■ Explore the range of source material available for the study of this period and a variety of methodologies appropriate to its use.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Analyse and explain the main events and trends in Roman history, literature and culture in the period 220-31 B.C.;

■ Identify the set texts and key elements of material culture;

■ Analyse the set texts and key elements of material cuture;

■ Place primary source material in its literary, historical and cultural context;

■ Critique relevant secondary literature.

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.