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AN1002   Rome and the Mediterranean

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 20

ECTS credits : 10

Level : SCQF level 7

Semester: 2

Planned timetable: 11.00 am

This module traces Rome's trajectory from a small settlement in Central Italy to the centre of a Mediterranean empire. Covering a period from the earliest evidence of habitation to the death of the first emperor Augustus, it puts the history of the Roman republic - often studied in isolation - in its wider Mediterranean context. The two central themes are the progressive expansion of Roman power abroad and the development and eventual collapse of republican government at home. The module combines political and military history with economic, social and cultural analysis as it explores how Roman (and Italian) society was transformed by the imperial experience. It will cover a wide range of topics including religion, slavery, poverty and the economy. The module is grounded in the close analysis of written sources (all studied in translation) and archaeological evidence. It will give you a solid background in Roman history to Augustus and develop your skills in critical thinking and historical reasoning, preparing you for further study of ancient history.

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 3 lectures (x 11 weeks) and 7 tutorials across the semester.

Scheduled learning hours: 39

Guided independent study hours: 161

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-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: Team taught