Love and Sex in Roman Society - CLAS6670

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 5 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
Total Private Study Hours: 270
Total Study Hours: 300

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:

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

Reassessment method:

• 100% Coursework (3,000 words)

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 the key principles of selected authors, artists and topics pertaining to Latin literature and Roman history and culture and how these principles developed in antiquity;
2. Demonstrate methods of textual, visual and material analysis, and the conceptual frameworks that relate to the culture and literature of Roman antiquity;
3. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the complex processes relating to current methods of interpretation within classical studies and in related fields;
4. Demonstrate familiarity of the relevant different kinds of evidence (literary, epigraphic, visual, archaeological) and have an understanding of the uses of the different categories of evidence in the investigation of historical problems.
5. Construct effective historical arguments, orally and in writing, which demonstrate analytical ability, independence of thought and knowledge of the ancient sources

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

1. Use a variety of established techniques to undertake critical analysis of information, and to create solutions to problems arising from that analysis;
2. Effectively communicate information, arguments, and analysis, in a variety of forms, and deploy key techniques of the discipline effectively;
3. Identify and make use of opportunities for developing existing skills, and acquiring new competences that will enable them to assume positions of significant responsibility.


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 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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