Rome: The Myth of the Eternal City - CLAS8980

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This module is not currently running in 2024 to 2025.


The module introduces students to key skills for the study of the mythology of Rome as an eternal city. The focus will be on group work that will investigate how we can gain greater knowledge of key aspects of the creation of myths of the city of Rome and how mythology can be adjusted through reception and incorporation of new ideas, yet proclaiming a continuity with the past. The curriculum is designed to develop students' research skills and the development of their awareness of public engagement with research. The seminars will also focus on the development of blogs as well as the research skills to develop a longer piece of academic writing in the form of an essay. Students will learn new skills ranging from researching bibliographies, writing succinctly, using hyperlinks in blog formats, through to the development of a sustained research project to underpin their essay.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 22
Private Study Hours: 278
Total Study Hours: 300


Autumn or Spring

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods;
Blog post 1 (1000 words) - 20%;
Blog post 2 (1500 words) - 30%;
Interpretive essay (4000 words) - 50%

Reassessment methods ;
Reassessment Instrument: 100% Coursework

Indicative reading

Bondanella, P. (1987) The Eternal City: Roman Images in the Modern World. University of North Carolina Press: Chapel Hill;
Galinsky, K. (1998) Augustan Culture: An Interpretive Introduction. Princeton University Press;
Jenkyns, R., ed. (1992) The Legacy of Rome. Oxford: Oxford University Press;
Maraniss, D. (2008) Rome 1960: The Olympics That Changed the World. New York: Simon & Schuster;
Millon, H. & L. Nochlin, eds. (1978) Art and Architecture in the Service of Politics. Massachusetts: MIT Press Cambridge;
Wyke, M. (1997) Projecting the Past: Ancient Rome, Cinema and History. London: Routledge.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module, students will be able to:
Demonstrate comprehensive understanding of the skills/techniques of historical analysis to equip them for a further career either for doctoral research in Ancient History or in employment through the use of these transferable skills;
Demonstrate competence in applying skills to analysis of a diverse body of ancient evidence and to be critically aware of the current problems of interpretation within the area of reception studies and in the interpretation of the past of ancient Rome;
Demonstrate critical and analytical powers in relation to the ancient material and its reception in the context of how established techniques are utilised to understand within the disciplines associated with Classical and Archaeological Studies;
Demonstrate critical and appropriate analytical problem-based learning skills in relation to the ancient evidence, the reception of antiquity and modern scholarship on the subject matter;
Command a range of techniques and methodologies, such a bibliographical and library research skills in reading and textual analysis, the varieties of historical method, the visual skills characteristic of art criticism, use of statistics (e.g. in archaeology), philosophical argument and analysis, as well as an understanding of the role of public engagement in the context of research;
Communicate effectively in writing with a wide range of individuals using a variety of techniques;
Evaluate his/her own academic performance and develop and ability to learn independently to ensure for ongoing professional development;
Exercise intiative and take responsibility for personal and prefessional learning and development;
Manage time, prioritise workloads and recognise and manage personal emotions and stress;
Demonstrate information management skills (e.g. IT 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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