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AA4122 Sacred Spaces in the Roman Empire

SCOTCAT credits:30
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 10
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.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional module for Ancient History & Archaeology and all Ancient History degrees (Single, Joint and Triple Honours) and for Classical Studies, Classics, Greek and Latin Degrees (Single and Joint Honours, but excluding Triple Honours), History, Mediaeval History & Archaeology.

UG 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
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 22
  • Guided independent study: 278

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 50%
  • Practical examinations: 10%
  • Coursework: 40%
UG As used by St Andrews:3-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50% (Essay = 25%, Oral Presentation = 10%, Site Analysis = 15%)
UG Re-assessment:3-hour Written Examination = 100%


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