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Module

CAH2007 : Caesar's Gift: Rome under the Emperors

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Rowland Smith
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

This module investigates central aspects of the history of the Roman imperial state over a broad time span of five centuries, from Octavian/Augustus to Romulus Augustulus, with particular reference to the foundation and early development of the Augustan & Julio-Claudian Principate, selected issues relating to the the High and Late Empire, and the representation of the Roman Empire in classical and postclassical historiography and political thought.

It aims to provide an opportunity:
to acquire a general knowledge of the subject;
to investigate in some depth selected problems, including the appraisal of selected source material and the critical examination of current historiography;
to read widely and critically in the relevant primary and secondary literature;
to develop the capacity for independent study.

Outline Of Syllabus

Introductory overview on periodization and sources; foundation of the Augustan principate; the Julio-Claudian emperors; the Flavian emperors to the emperor Hadrian; the High Empire of the Antonine and Severan emperors; towards the Late Empire; 'crisis' and Christianization. Representations of Roman Empire in historiography.

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Reading Lists

Timetable