Love and Sex in Roman Society - CLAS5730

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 6 30 (15) Anne Alwis checkmark-circle


This module reviews texts relating to sexual behaviour attitudes and relationships throughout Latin Literature, raising questions about both the perception of sexuality in antiquity and how perception was translated into social and political relationships. Because of the nature of its coverage, it can be counted as either a literature or a social history course, and is intended as a wide-ranging complement to both. The module relies on primary texts from a variety of literary genres, from Epic and poetry to private letters, legal texts and inscriptions.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 30
Private Study: 270
Total: 300


Also available under Level 5 (CLAS6670)

Method of assessment

Essay 1 (2,000 words) – 40%
Essay 2 (3,000 words) – 60%

Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1. Articulate coherently a critical understanding of selected authors and topics in Latin literature and Roman history and culture;
2. Demonstrate developed skills in exegesis, critical analysis, and assessment of a selection of texts and artefacts from ancient Rome;
3. Demonstrate systematic understanding of the sexual stereotypes in ancient societies
4. Have systematic and detailed knowledge of the key evidence for this period (literary, epigraphic, visual, archaeological), demonstrate an ability to deploy accurately established techniques of analysis of the relevant different kinds of evidence, and be able to use evidence and discipline-specific ideas and techniques to devise and sustain historical arguments and/or to solve historical problems

The intended generic learning outcomes.

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1. Apply the methods and techniques that they have learned to consolidate, extend, and apply their knowledge and understanding, and to initiate and carry out projects;
2. Critically evaluate arguments and assumptions to make judgements, and to frame appropriate questions to achieve a solution - or identify a range of solutions - to a problem, thereby demonstrating an appreciation of the limits of knowledge;
3. Exercise initiative and personal responsibility; undertake decision-making in complex contexts; and the learning ability needed to undertake appropriate further training at an appropriately advanced level.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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