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AA4121   The Ancient City of Rome

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: 1

Availability restrictions: Available to General Degree students with the permission of the Honours Adviser

Planned timetable: TBC

This module examines the history and archaeology of the city of Rome from its earliest beginnings to the fifth century CE. Several themes are pursued, in particular the view of Rome as a centre of power and patronage, the capital of empire and residence of kings and emperors. Rome's physical development, the problems of feeding and administering such an immense ancient city, the architectural and artistic implications of rulers' aspirations, and the urban religions are all explored. The course will guide students through the topography of the modern as well as of the ancient city, making them aware of contemporary controversies concerning urban development, atmospheric pollution, conservation of antiquities and mass-tourism pressures.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): As stated in the School of Classics Undergraduate Handbook

Anti-requisite(s): You cannot take this module if you take AN4121

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: Induction meeting in Orientation Week followed by 2 hours of lectures and seminars, and 1 coursework consultation hour per week.

Scheduled learning hours: 22

Guided independent study hours: 278

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 3-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 50%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 50%

Re-assessment: 3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module teaching staff: Dr J Coulston