Greek MA

Gender And Sexuality In Ancient Rome CLASSIC4013

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

The course examines the roles of men and women in different literary genres and social classes, as well as in the areas of both public and private life in ancient Rome.


Two one-hour lectures per week over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus; This is one of the honours options in Classics and may not run every year. The options that are running this session are available on mycampus

Excluded Courses





Essay (2,500 words) - 30%

Examination (90 minute duration) - 70%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

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. 

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ present and evaluate our surviving evidence on the perception of the "male" and the "female" in Roman society

■ examine the roles of men and women in different social classes and in the areas of both public and private life in ancient Rome

■ consider what we term as homosexuality, bisexuality, and heterosexuality in their Roman social and historical contexts.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course students will be able to

■ situate, in all forms of assessment, the sources for gender and sexuality in Rome within their literary, cultural, and social context

■ assess how men and women functioned in the social, political, and religious hierarchy of Roman society

■ evaluate how the attitude of the Romans towards sexuality developed, if at all, from ancient Greek moral ideas

■ identify the value of modern scholarly approaches on the sources studied during the course and apply knowledge of secondary literature to their interpretation

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.