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2008/09 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

HIST2010 Rome, Carthage and the Hellenistic World 338-31 BC: the Building of an Empire

20 creditsClass Size: 28

Module manager: Mr IS Moxon
Email: i.s.moxon@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2008/09

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module examines the political and military context within which the Romans rose to supreme domination in the Mediterranean including Rome's dealings with her Italic and Greek neighbours, the Carthaginian state and empire, with the Celtic peoples of the west together with the effects of territorial acquisitions, heavy administrative commitments, and contacts with other Mediterranean peoples on Rome's domestic institutions.

Objectives

To acquire a knowledge of the growth of Rome's power in Italy from the conclusion of the Latin war to the incorporation of the Italians. To examine the causes and consequences of Rome's confrontations with Carthage. To evaluate the interaction of Rome with the Hellenistic kingdoms of the eastern Mediterranean. To analyse developments in Roman political ideas and practice.

Skills outcomes
Enhances Common Skills listed below:

High-level skills in oral and written communication of complex ideas.
Independence of mind and self-discipline and self-direction to work effectively under own initiative.
Ability to locate, handle and synthesize large amounts of information.
Capacity to employ analytical and problem-solving abilities.
Ability to engage constructively with the ideas of their peers, tutors and published sources.
Empathy and active engagement with alternative cultural contexts.


Syllabus

The module will examine via primary sources aided by secondary material, the context, political and intellectual within which the Romans rose to supreme domination in the Mediterranean. The history of Rome's dealings with her Italic and Greek neighbours in Italy, with the Carthaginian state and empire, with the Celtic peoples of the west, and the kingdoms of the Hellenistic world will be traced, in order to test the validity of the several theories of Rome's motivation in winning an empire, and consolidating and extending it. The effects of Rome's domestic institutions of the acquisition of vast territorial areas, of heavy administrative commitments, and of contacts with other Mediterranean peoples will be studied from the points of view of changes to her government and of developments in her cultural and intellectual life down to the demise of the republic and the establishment of the monarchical state.

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
Lecture111.0011.00
Tutorial61.006.00
Private study hours183.00
Total Contact hours17.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Exam preparation; researching, preparing, and writing assignments; undertaking set reading; and self-directed reading around the topic. 183 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Contributions to class discussions, an assessed exercise or exercises worth 10% of module marks, an assessed essay.

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
Essay1 x 2,000 word assessed essay to be delivered Friday of Week 730.00
Online AssessmentVLE exercise10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)40.00

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 mins60.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)60.00

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: 29/04/2009

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