This module examines in detail the history of the Roman Empire from the commencement of the Principate of Augustus in 30 BC to the death of the Emperor Domitian in AD 96. It will also provide both a survey of a major period of Roman imperial history and an opportunity to study in greater depth the administrative, social, economic and religious developments of this period. Students will read widely from the ancient sources, historical, literary and documentary, and will be introduced to the inscriptional evidence for imperial history. This module will concentrate on the main administrative, social, economic and religious developments throughout the period rather than on the details of political and military history. Students will read widely in the major ancient sources, including Tacitus, Pliny and Suetonius, and will be introduced to the inscriptional and documentary evidence for imperial history.
This module appears in the following module collections.
Total Contact Hours: 20
Also available at Level 6 under code CL734
Method of assessment
Critical Source analysis (800 words) – 25%
Short Popularising Assessment (800 words) – 25%
Essay (1,500 words) – 50%
Indicative Reading List.
Alston, R.A. (1998) Aspects of Roman History AD 14-96, Abingdon: Routledge.
Garnsey, P. & Saller, R. (2015) The Roman Empire, 2nd edition, London: Bloomsbury.
Lewis, N. & Reinhold, M. (1990) Roman civilisation: A Sourcebook, Vol II: The Empire, 3rd edition, New York: Harper & Row.
Millar, F. (1981) The Roman Empire and its Neighbours, 2nd ed, London: Duckworth.
Potter, D.S. (2010) A Companion to the Roman Empire, Oxford: Blackwells.
Sherk R.L. (1988) The Roman Empire: Augustus to Hadrian, Cambridge: CUP.
Wells, C.M. (1992) The Roman Empire, 2nd edition, London: Fontana.
See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)
On successfully completing the module Level 5 students will be able to:
Articulate the main events, issues and themes in the history of the Roman Empire from the commencement of the Principate of Augustus to the death of the Emperor Domitian in AD 96;
Demonstrate an understanding of the complex processes relating to administrative, constitutional, social, economic and religious change in the Roman Empire during this period;
Examine special features of the period such as the evolution of the imperial bureaucracy and the working of the mechanism of patronage, both in the centre and the provinces;
Demonstrate an understanding of the relevant different kinds of evidence (official, literary, visual and archaeological) and be able to show familiarity with the key documents, and have an understanding of the uses of the different categories of evidence in the investigation of historical problems;
Construct historical arguments, orally and in writing, which demonstrate analytical ability, independence of thought and knowledge of the ancient sources, literary and otherwise;
Demonstrate familiarity with the ancient sources, historical, literary and documentary, and will be introduced to the inscriptional evidence for imperial history.
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Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
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