This module focuses on the history of the High Roman Empire, and political, cultural and social developments in Roman society in this period. In exploring this period of history, epigraphic, numismatic, textual, architectural and visual products of the ancient world will be explored. In addition to gaining an understanding of the major events of this period, students will be encouraged to consider the extent of communication between Rome and the provinces, Romanisation vs hybridisation, different imperial and provincial ideologies, as well as different literary genres and how to approach them.
This module is available in 2016/17.
We won't be able to cover the entire historical narrative in detail, so I recommend reading D.S. Potter, The Roman Empire at Bay [DG 298.P6] over the summer. (Available online and in hardcopy through the library).
Due to demand on the computer labs this module also has a very early seminar, at the beginning of Week 2. The readings for this seminar (on the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius) are now available online on the seminar page if you want to get a jump start!
Module tutors: Clare Rowan
By the end of the module, students:
- should possess a knowledge of the key political, cultural and social developments in the Roman Empire in the period from Antoninus Pius to Constantine (AD 138-337).
- should be able to critically analyse different types of media, both textual and visual, as well as the views of modern scholarship. They should be able to test hypotheses and sustain a reasoned argument
- develop an improved awareness of how this period of history has been constructed by scholars, artists, politicians and others, from the Renaissance to the present day
- have enhanced research, writing and communication skills