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Roman Culture & Society

CX 110

‘The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there’ (L.P. Hartley, The Go-Between) - however much modern culture is influenced by Roman architecture, literature, and law (to name but a few influences), the Roman world is no exception to this statement. This module seeks to explore what was distinctively ‘Roman’ about Roman culture and society, both at its centre in Rome, and all around its empire, from Britain to Bulgaria, and from the Nile to the Euphrates. The module will cover topics from the late first century BC to the early third century AD, exploring the impact on Roman society of the emergence of sole rulers and dynastic powers, and the gradual opening up of society to provincials.

This module is available in 2020/21. For full details, please consult the module pages on Moodle.

Module Convenor, 2021-22: Dr Consuelo Martino

Trajan's Column, Rome