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CAH3036 : Roman Egypt

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The aim of this module is to provide you with a detailed introduction to the society, culture and economy of Egypt as a province of the Roman Empire between the first and the third century AD.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module investigates the main topics of current scholarly interest in the history of Egypt from 30 BC, when Egypt became a Roman province, to the late third century AD.
Topics include Romanisation; urbanisation and urban culture; multiculturalism (including Fayum portraits); religion (including magic, early Christianity, the Jewish revolt and the ‛Acta Alexandrinorum’); village society; population, family and brother-sister marriage; the city of Alexandria; resistance and revolts; the third-century developments and the creation of large estates; the role of Egypt in the Roman East and wider Mediterranean; the relationship between Egypt and the Roman government.
This outline is flexible, and some topics might be tailored to meet specific interests of the class.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion551:0055:001/3 of guided independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:00Lectures and workshops, including revision classes
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading541:0054:001/3 of guided independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching111:0011:00Seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study551:0055:001/3 of guided independent study
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures will provide the students with a structured outline of core knowledge and methodologies which are essential for approaching the key historical topics of the module. They also offer the students the necessary instruments to analyse and discuss the primary evidence and secondary literature independently.
Seminars are specifically designed to provide the students with in-depth discussion and further analysis of a selected number of topics, issues and pieces of primary evidence which have been presented in the lectures (the choice of these topics will meet students’ needs and interest).

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A60N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M402,000 word essay
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The two-hour written examination assesses the students’ acquisition of the core knowledge of the subject, their ability to synthesise quickly complex information, write concisely and clearly, and comment critically on a variety of ancient and modern sources.
The 2,000-word essay assesses the students’ ability to conduct independent research on a chosen topic. It tests their analytical skills and ability to discuss complex material (primary evidence and secondary literature) critically and succinctly.

Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending semester 1 only are required to finish their assessment while in Newcastle. This will take the form of an alternative assessment, as outlined in the formats below:

Modules assessed by Coursework and Exam:
The normal alternative form of assessment for all semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be one essay in addition to the other coursework assessment (the length of the essay should be adjusted in order to comply with the assessment tariff); to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Modules assessed by Exam only:
The normal alternative form of assessment for all semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be two 2,000 word written exercises; to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Modules assessed by Coursework only:
All semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be expected to complete the standard assessment for the module; to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending the whole academic year or semester 2 are required to complete the standard assessment as set out in the MOF under all circumstances.

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