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AA4122   Sacred Spaces in the Roman Empire

Academic year(s): 2017-2018

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF Level 10

Semester: 2

Planned timetable: 9.00 am - 11.00 am Thu

The gods are encountered at every turn in the Roman Empire, but seldom in the same way or in the same places. Religious places range from large-scale, monumentalized sanctuaries to tiny household shrines, from public temples to cult spaces intended only for the initiated few. This module explores different categories of sacred space across the Roman Empire, from the first century BCE through the third century CE, and examines how architecture and environment structured ritual practices and shaped worshipers' interactions with the divine. The module emphasizes using a broad range of archaeological, epigraphic, iconographic and literary evidence to reconstruct experiences of sacred space and to investigate the role of religion in Roman society.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): As stated in the school of classics undergraduate handbook

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 x 2-hour seminar

Scheduled learning hours: 22

Guided independent study hours: 278

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 3-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50% (Essay = 25%, Oral Presentation = 10%, Site Analysis = 15%)

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 50%
Practical examinations : 10%
Coursework: 40%

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


Module coordinator: Dr E H Cousins
Module teaching staff: Dr E Cousins