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Syllabus

LECTURES AND SEMINARS FOR ALL STUDENTS

Term 1
  • Week 1: Introduction

Part I: History

  • Week 2: Civil War
  • Week 3: Actium | Seminar: Cleopatra
  • Week 4: Negotiation and Consolidation

Part II: Creating the ‘Augustan Principate’

  • Week 5: The Imperial Image
  • Week 6: Reading week (no classes)
  • Week 7: War and Peace | Seminar: The Ara Pacis
  • Week 8: Creating a Dynasty
  • Week 9: First Among Equals | Seminar: Res Gestae
  • Week 10: End of term consolidation

Term 2

Part III: The Transformation of Roman Society

  • Week 1: Religion | Seminar: The Ludi Saeculares
  • Week 2: Poetry and Politics
  • Week 3: The City of Rome | Seminar: The Forum of Augustus
  • Week 4: Public life
  • Week 5: Private life
  • Week 6: Reading week (no classes)

Part IV: A Golden Age?

  • Week 7: The Near East
  • Week 8: North Africa
  • Week 9: Egypt | Seminar: Becoming ‘the other’ under Augustus
  • Week 10: End of term consolidation

Term 3

  • Week 1: Revision
  • Week 2: Revision
  • Week 3: Revision

SYLLABUS: LATIN TEXT OPTION FOR Q800/QQ36/Q802 STUDENTS

Term 1: Reading class schedule

  • Week 1: vv. 1-56
  • Week 2: vv. 57-168
  • Week 3: vv. 169-250
  • Week 4: vv. 251-348
  • Week 5: vv. 349-432
  • Week 6/Reading week: catch up with anything you have missed, including secondary reading.
  • Week 7: vv. 433-524
  • Week 8: vv. 525-610
  • Week 9: vv. 611-746
  • Week 10: vv. 747-812

Term 2: Reading class schedule

Week 1: Res Gestae Divi Augusti

  • Heading and chapters 1-10 (historical summary and achievements)

Week 2: Res Gestae Divi Augusti

  • Chapters 11-23 (transformation of Rome and Roman society)

Week 3: Res Gestae Divi Augusti

  • Chapters 24-35 and appendix (world conquest and honours)

Week 4: Laudatio Turiae

  • Left-hand column (Turia’s background and virtues as a wife)

Week 5: Laudatio Turiae

  • Right-hand column (how Turia supported her husband in the civil war)

Week 6: Reading week

Week 7: Velleius Paterculus History of Rome 2

  • Sections 89-90.1 (Augustus brings peace to the world)
  • Sections 100.2-100.5 (Augustus and Julia)
  • Sections 103-104.1 (the succession)

Week 8: Tacitus Annals 1

  • Sections 1-5 (Augustus’ rise to power and Tiberius’ succession)

Week 9: Suetonius Life of Augustus

  • Sections 5-8 (Augustus’ childhood)
  • Sections 61-62 (Augustus’ private life: family relations)

Week 10: Suetonius Life of Augustus

  • Sections 69-70 (Augustus’ private life: adultery and excesses)
  • Section 79 (Augustus’ body)

Julius Caesar

Marcus Antonius

Marcus Agrippa, Magnesia

Obelisk from Cricus Maximus

Emerita forum

Forum Augustum

Temple of Augustus and Livia, Vienne

Model of La Turbie Victory Monument

La Turbie

Temple of Rome and Augustus, Ancyra