Assessment is by means of two 2500-word essays and a two-hour exam in the summer term.
We will have sessions on exam questions and gobbets in term 3. The exam paper consists of two sections. The first contains gobbets. You may choose any TWO gobbets out of a total of 4 texts and 4 images. You may choose two images, or two texts if you wish; you are not required to choose one of each. The second section contains a choice of essay questions. You must choose TWO essay questions.
When revising, think about the main topics covered. These are:
The history of the Roman Near East, and Rome's relations with the Parthians, Sasanians and Federate Arabs
The rise and fall of Palmyra
Roman political institutions: provincial divisions; client kingdoms; the cities
Economic evidence, particularly the Dead Cities and the Hauran, and pottery, imported stone and coinage
Language, art, culture and identity
Religion and identity: pagan cults, imperial cult, Christianity
Military interaction with the inhabitants
Below is a sample exam paper, so you can gain an impression of the sort of gobbets and questions: