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AN1002 Roman History from Foundation to Empire

SCOTCAT credits:20
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 7
Planned timetable:11.00 am

This module will consider the rise of Rome to world power from humble beginnings, examining the political, cultural and economic consequences of her imperialism. The module will consider in detail the social conditions which allowed Rome to sustain her enormous military burden, and the way that a multitude of factors came together to attack and finally destroy the Republican government of Rome. The module will conclude with an account of the first Roman emperor, Augustus. All sources will be in translation, and the module will give a solid background in Roman history of the Republic as well as touching on wider issues of legal and constitutional theory and cultural interaction.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Compulsory for all Ancient History Degrees.

Optional for all Classical Studies Degrees, History

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:3 lectures (x 11 weeks) and 6 tutorials across the semester.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 39
  • Guided independent study: 161

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 50%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 50%
UG As used by St Andrews:2-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%
UG Re-assessment:3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr J Coulston
Module teaching staff:Team taught