Roman Britain - CLAS6480

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Module delivery information

This module is not currently running in 2023 to 2024.


The course will cover the period of history in Britain from the initial raids of Julius Caesar to the fifth century AD. We will not only discuss the historical changes in Roman Britain, but explore urban and rural settlements, life in the Roman army, death and burial, art, trade and daily life in Roman Britain. Throughout the module, critical examinations will be given to theories of Romanisation, identity and interaction. We are fortunate that there are a number of sources, which can be used to study Roman Britain: classical texts, epigraphic remains and remains of burials, material culture and architectural structures. These sources, however, do not provide us with the entire picture of the past, thus the student will learn to use them in a critical manner.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 40
Total Private Study Hours: 260
Total Study Hours: 300

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:

• Poster (500 words) – 30%
• Essay (3,500 words) – 70%

Reassessment method:

• 100% Coursework (3,000 words)

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List

Breeze, D. and B. Dobson (1988). Hadrian's Wall. London: Penguin.
Ireland, S. (1997). Roman Britain: A Sourcebook. Croom: Helm.
Mattingly, D. (2006). An Imperial Possession: Britain in the Roman Empire. London: Penguin.
Millett, M. (1990). The Romanization of Britain. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Outline and understand the key principles of selected authors, material remains and topics in Romano-British Studies;
2 Apply the methods of textual, visual and material analysis, and the conceptual frameworks that result, to related topics outside of the culture and literature Roman Britain;
3 Critically evaluate and understand current methods of interpretation within classical studies, archaeology, ancient history and in related fields;
4 Demonstrate familiarity with the use of primary sources and current research in Romano-British studies.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Analyse critically material discussed in class;
2 Propose solutions to problems that arise in analysis;
3 Demonstrate effective written communication skills.


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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