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The Roman Way of Life (ANCW40012)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelHonours
Subject codeANCW40012
Semester 1
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The Monty Python team pondered many big questions, among them the rather tantalizing one: 'What did the Romans ever do for us?' This research seminar rises to the challenge as it involves discussions of revealing source material on the big issues in Roman social, cultural, political and religious history. Source readings will highlight the structure of Roman society and the plight of the common folk, Roman family life, Roman marriage, housing and city life, domestic and personal concerns, education, occupations, slaves, freedmen and freedwomen, government and politics, the Roman army, the provinces, women in Roman society, leisure and entertainment, and religion and philosophy. By gaining insight into the Roman way of life, students should be in a good position to assess the legacy of Roman civilization and come up with some plausible answers to the original question.

Intended learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this subject will:

  • understand the social, cultural and political structure of Roman society
  • develop skills to critically assess and contextualise the extant source material.

Generic skills

Students who successfully complete this subject will:

  • develop research skills through competent use of the library and other information sources.
  • develop adequate skills to critically assess and reconstruct historical reality on the basis of the extant source material.
  • demonstrate critical thinking and analysis through recommended reading, essay writing and tutorial discussion, and by determining the strength of an argument.
  • be able to communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically through essay writing and tutorial discussion.
  • develop time management and planning through managing and organizing workloads for recommended reading, essay and assignment completion.

Last updated: 21 September 2019