Classics (Classical Civilisation) MA/MA(SocSci)

Classical Civilisation 2B: Imperial Rome: City And Empire 31 BC - 180 AD CLASSIC2002

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course offers a survey of the literature, art and material culture of ancient Rome in the imperial period, from the reign of Augustus to the late second century AD.


Lectures: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 1pm; weekly seminars as scheduled in MyCampus

Excluded Courses





Group presentation (10 minutes) - 20%

Essay (2,500 words) - 50%

Examination (60 minute duration) - 30%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ study the management of empire from the Julio-Claudian to the Antonine periods;

■ examine the conceptual and physical environment of the city;

■ consider the development and practice of memorialisation and commemoration in different contexts;

■ explore literary, philosophical and political responses to monarchy and to empire;

■ explore key methods in the study of Roman literature, culture and society.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ recognise the formal characteristics of imperial Roman literature, monuments and space;

■ relate the textual or visual evidence of the period to its social, political, cultural, material, and/or literary contexts;

■ explain the ways in which the Roman Empire was managed and administered;

■ relate processes of representation in literary and visual media;

■ evaluate modern approaches to Greco-Roman literature and culture;

■ develop, individually and in groups, their own interpretations of texts and images against the different cultural backgrounds of the Roman Empire.

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.