2018/19 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
CLAS3420 Augustus and his Legacy
20 creditsClass Size: 24
Module manager: Dr. Penelope J. Goodman
Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable
Year running 2018/19
This module is mutually exclusive with
|CLAS2420||Augustus and his Legacy|
|CLAS3930||The Age of Augustus|
Module replacesCLAS3930: The Age of Augustus
This module is approved as a discovery module
Module summaryThis module combines a historical study of the Augustan period with a cultural assessment of later responses to the legacy left by Augustus himself. The first, larger part of the module explores the c. 60-year period between the death of Julius Caesar and the accession of Rome’s second emperor, Tiberius. During this era, Rome underwent a profound political transformation, exchanging an increasingly beleaguered Republican system for a system of rule by emperor – the principate – which would last for the next three centuries. At the same time, the social and cultural world of the Roman empire was also revolutionised, witnessing the emergence of a new social hierarchy, new forms and uses of art, architecture and literature, new religious beliefs and a new relationship between Rome and the provinces. Our lectures will investigate the role played by Augustus himself in this process of change, and look at the efforts which he made to ensure that his own personal legacy would last beyond it. In the second part of the module, we will then turn our attention to the post-Augustan period, looking at the ways in which people of later eras have responded to and made use of Augustus’ legacy in everything from political rhetoric to popular screen portrayals. We will ask why opinions of Augustus since his death have varied so dramatically, and how the range of different perspectives from the past inform our own understanding of him.
ObjectivesThis module will enable students to:
- analyse and discuss the political and social character of the Augustan period and the factors which shaped it
- analyse and discuss a range of later responses to Augustus, ranging from the immediate aftermath of his death to the modern era
- analyse and discuss a wide range of different types of primary evidence (e.g. literature, epigraphy, coinage, art, architecture, etc.) relevant to the Augustan period and its legacy
- engage with modern scholarly debates on topics such as the nature of the Roman principate, issues of historical agency, and the relationship between historical figures / events and their later uses or interpretations.
On successful completion of this module, students are expected to be able to demonstrate:
- a capacity to understand and analyse the major political events, figures, social and cultural developments of the Augustan era
- a capacity to understand and analyse the relationship between the actions of the emperor Augustus in his own lifetime and later uses of and responses to his legacy
- an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the primary evidence usually used to explore the Augustan period and its legacy, and to appreciate the uncertainty, ambiguity and limitations of knowledge
- an ability to perform close critical analysis of the primary evidence
- a knowledge of major scholarly viewpoints and debates relevant to the study of the Augustan period and its legacy
- an ability to engage critically with the major scholarship on the subject, and to describe and comment on particular aspects of current research and scholarship
- a critical appreciation of the contributions made by individual scholars to the evolving field of Augustan studies
- an ability to construct reasoned and well-supported arguments
- an ability to communicate effectively in seminar classes, written assignments and under exam conditions
- good time management and IT skills
On successful completion of this module, all students will have had the opportunity to develop the following skills:
- close critical analysis of primary evidence relating to the Augustan period.
- construction of reasoned and well-supported arguments.
- written communication in assignments and under exam conditions.
- time management and IT skills.
- oral communication.
- understanding how to design and conduct surveys.
Historical topics covered in the first part of the module will include Augustus’ rise to political power; the nature of his position; his relationship with the existing Roman elite, the people, the army and the provinces; changes in religion, literature and architecture in Augustan Rome.
Legacy topics covered in the second part of the module will include responses to Augustus within antiquity, in the medieval period, in Christian legend, in the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, and the particular contexts of the British empire, fascist Italy and modern screen portrayals.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||180.00|
|Total Contact hours||20.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||200.00|
Private studyThe 180 hours of private study and independent learning on this module break down as follows:
- 3 hours reading for each of the 15 lectures = 45 hours
- 7 hours reading / note-taking for each of the 5 seminars = 35 hours
- 40 hours spend researching and writing the assessed essay
- 40 hours revising for and attending the exam
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackStudent progress will be monitored:
- at an informal level through lectures and the moderating of online discussions by the module coordinator;
- at a formal level, through the assessed coursework and end-of-module examination;
- via a detailed module questionnaire at the end of teaching on the module.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||50.00|
Students on this module can choose whether to submit EITHER a traditional essay OR a project report based on their fieldwork survey for the 50% assessment element.
|Exam type||Exam duration||% of formal assessment|
|Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)||2 hr 00 mins||50.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Exams)||50.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 26/04/2018
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