Module Catalogue 2021/22

CAH3036 : Roman Egypt

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Micaela Langellotti
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment


Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



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.

On a broader level, the module also aims to provide you with a better understanding of the power-relationships between Rome and a province in the Eastern Mediterranean.

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, before the enforcement of the Diocletian’s reforms.

Topics include the position of Egypt within the Roman Empire and its relationship with Rome; identity and social mobility; religion; the role of non-agricultural activities, including trades and professional associations; slavery; population, family and the role of women; the city of Alexandria and the Jewish revolts; and the third-century developments.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

At the end of this module students will learn:
• To identify and critically discuss the main scholarly debates around the society and culture of Roman Egypt and its relationship with the Roman government;
• To use and examine the primary evidence available to the study of Roman Egypt, with a particular focus on papyri;
• To provide a critical assessment of the different types of papyrus documents (in translation) and their relationship with the archaeological record;
• To analyse the role of Egypt in the broader context of the Mediterranean world and more generally of the Roman Empire.

Intended Skill Outcomes

On completion of this module students will have acquired the following transferable skills:
• Enhancement of analytical and research skills;
• Ability to interpret critically a wider variety of written sources and to summarise complex material;
• Development of written and oral communication skills;
• Ability to engage critically with a variety of theories and ideas.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture111:0011:001 lecture p/w
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials111:0011:001 lecture recording p/w. To be included in contact hours
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion671:0067:00For two assessment components
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading331:0033:003 hours reading p/w
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching91:009:001 seminar p/w
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities92:0018:002 hours per week preparation for seminar discussion
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study491:0049:00General consolidation activities
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk21:002:00Introduction and conclusion to module (first/last weeks)
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures and non synchronous lecture materials 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.

Weekly guided reading tasks will enable students to engage with a particular aspect of the topic for the week.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M502,000-word essay
Essay2A502,000-word essay
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The two 2,000-word essays assess the students’ ability to conduct independent research on a chosen topic. They test 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.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2021/22 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2022/23 entry will be published here in early-April 2022. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.