Being Roman: Political performance and power at Rome (Year 12 and 13)

University of Birmingham
Wednesday 30 March 2022 (13:00-15:00)

Class capacity: 20

Year group: 12 and 13 

Subject(s): Roman History, History

Attendee requirements: This masterclass is ideal for students studying History, Ancient History or Classical Civilisations 

About: In this masterclass, students will get the opportunity to explore the nature of Roman society through the political messages and forms of communication of the late Roman Republic, specifically in relation to material culture and lived experience of Roman citizens. We will think about the changing social and political dynamics within the physical spaces of the city and through the medium of coinage, in order to gain an insight into how the members of Roman society experienced their world.

In small groups, students will get the opportunity to examine a case file on a key moment in Rome's history (in the first century BC) and work to devise the best way to promote this to the Roman people! The case files will include biographies, plans and maps of locations, speeches and letters and coins. Each group will devise a sales pitch or political slogan which will allow students to engage with ancient evidence while also thinking about the lived experiences of the Roman audience who watched such political performances of power.

This masterclass is designed to complement the resources that the Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology department have produced as part of our 'Classics in the classroom' resources for teachers and students.

Additional information: Schools will be limited to 5 places for this class. Individual bookings can be made by students in Year 12 or 13.

How to book: Booking requests should be made using the relevant booking form on the Masterclasses programme page.

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