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CX255 - The Transformation of Roman Society under Augustus

  • Module code: CX255
  • Module name: The Transformation of Roman Society under Augustus
  • Department: Classics and Ancient History
  • Credit: 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module concentrates upon a critical period of Roman history, when Rome’s first emperor came to power. It explores the emergence of a new political and social order at Rome. It deals with political, social, and cultural issues, confronting them through an inter-disciplinary study of literature, art, archaeology, inscriptions, architecture, and coins. It does not limit itself to the city of Rome, but also considers the impact of Augustus’ reign upon Italy and the provinces. It also assesses the changing perception of Augustus’; historical importance in the eyes of post-antique societies, considering factors behind the relatively recent emphasis on Augustus rather than Julius Caesar as the key figure in the history of Rome. Sources may be studied either in translation or the original.

Principal learning outcomes

"assess the significance of material culture in the self-presentation of the Augustan regime; appreciate the complexities of tracing the political history of a period for which no contemporary narrative historical source survives; outline and understand the fundamental changes undergone by Roman society and politics from 31 BC to AD 14; perceive how important the political programmes of modern regimes may be in forming our picture of the past; develop methodological principles in how to deal with archaeology, epigraphy, numismatics, art, architecture, and literature; be aware of the problems of studying the period chiefly through translated ancient texts "

Timetabled teaching activities

Two hours of lectures per week, excluding Reading Week in Terms 1-2 + Weeks 1-4 of Term 3. Two seminars per term in terms 1-2. Weekly Language classes for Q800 students, 1 hour.

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/classics/modules/aug/

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
30 CATS (Module code: CX255-30)
C (Assessed/examined work) 1st 2500 word essay 25%
  2nd 2500 word essay 25%
  2-hour exam CX255 & CX355 (Summer) 50%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% assessment visiting/exchange PART YEAR ONLY 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core

N/A

Optional Core
  • BA in Classics (Q800) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Classics (Latin) with Study in Europe (Q802) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate English and Latin Literature (QQ36) - Year 2
Optional
  • BA in Classics (Q800) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Classics (Latin) with Study in Europe (Q802) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Classical Civilisation (Q820) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Classical Civilisation with Study in Europe (Q821) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Classical Civilisation (Q82P) - Year 5
  • Undergraduate Classical Civilisation with Philosophy (Q8V7) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Ancient History and Classical Archaeology (VV16) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Ancient History and Classical Archaeology with Study in Europe (VV18) - Year 2