Investigating Greece and Rome II

Classics and Ancient History, Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity

College of Arts and Law


Code 19381

Level of study Third/Final year

Credit value 20

Semester Scheduled 2013-14, Usually 2

Pre-requisite modules none

Other pre-requisites none

Module description

The early imperial period at Rome was a dynamic period where the ruling elites attempted to come to grips with a political system with an emperor at the top instead of the aristocrats of the Republic. On this module you will engage with the political scene of the first and second centuries AD and its context, for instance:

The development of the imperial system during the first century AD and emperors’ use (or otherwise) of Augustus’ ‘model’ of imperial rule;
The exercise of imperial power and the construction of the ideal emperor; crime and punishment; imperialism; the construction of Rome as a world capital; the imperial court;
The interaction of different communities in the provinces;
Religion in the Roman empire: imperial cult and religious change;
The Roman view of the other: Germans and Britons
‘Muted groups’ (the poor, women, provincials) and social resistance (for instance bandits);

The material is mainly delivered through lectures (with opportunity for feedback) but also through group discussions and classes, where relevant. The material will be set within a clear chronological framework to aid your understanding of political and social change.

You will approach the subjects covered in the module through a wide range of source material including textual material of all types, inscriptions, art and archaeological evidence. Some sessions will be dedicated to the examination of particular sources, for instance Tacitus and Dio Cassius’ pictures of Boudicca and what they can tell us about Roman views of the world and non-Roman society.

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures incorporating class discussion and additional classes