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2008/09 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

CLAS1400 The Roman World: an Introduction

20 creditsClass Size: 150

Module manager: Dr Steven J Green
Email: S.J.Green@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2008/09

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module provides a general overview of Roman history from the late Republic to the reign of Hadrian, and studies Roman society and literature in the reign of the Emperor Augustus, with particular attention to satire. The module is worth 20 credits and runs over both semesters, with one lecture per week and two seminars per semester. It is suitable for those with no prior knowledge of ancient Rome, but also has something to offer for those with A-Level Classical Civilisation or similar. For further information, visit us at the Electives Fair or contact the Department of Classics, situated on the first floor of the Parkinson Building, south end (email: classics@leeds.ac.uk; website: www.leeds.ac.uk/classics/; telephone: 0113 343 3537).

Objectives

The module is intended as a foundation for further studies in all aspects of Roman civilisation, focusing on the period from 133 BC to AD 138. It will start with an introduction to the sources for Roman history, and then cover the rise of Rome to 133 BC, followed by a general overview of political developments in the late republic and early empire down to the reign of Hadrian. In the second semester, aspects of Roman social life will be studied, particularly in relation to the reign of Augustus. Roman Satire will be examined as a key literary genre from the 1st centuries B.C. and A.D., but also one which is closely related to the social developments of the time.

Syllabus

The module is intended as a foundation for further studies in all aspects of Roman civilisation, focusing on the period from 133 BC to AD 138. It will start with an introduction to the sources for Roman history, and then cover the rise of Rome to 133 BC, followed by a general overview of political developments in the late republic and early empire down to the reign of Hadrian. In the second semester, aspects of Roman social life will be studied, particularly in relation to the reign of Augustus. Roman Satire will be examined as a key literary genre from the 1st centuries B.C. and A.D., but also one which is closely related to the social developments of the time.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture201.0020.00
Seminar41.004.00
Private study hours176.00
Total Contact hours24.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

176 hours - private study

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
AssignmentAn assignment of not more than 500 words10.00
EssayAn essay of not more than 1,500 words40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 27/04/2009

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