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CAH3036 : Roman Egypt

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Micaela Langellotti
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


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.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture221:0022:002 lectures per week
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion671:0067:00For two assessment components
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading113:0033:003 hours reading per week
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities102:0020:002 hours per week preparation for seminar discussion
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching101:0010:001 hour per seminar
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity100:305:00Weekly Canvas quizzes
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study421:0042:00Student research activity related to the topics introduced each week (e.g. reading lists).
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00Introduction to the module
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.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M501,800-word essay
Essay2A501,800-word essay
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Computer assessment2MMultiple choice quizzes relating to each week's topic will be posted on Canvas on a weekly basis.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The two 1,800 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.

The formative assessment is intended to support students in becoming acquainted with a wide range of topics and problems, and with a rich and diverse set of primary evidence and secondary material, and to provide them with prompt and tangible feedback on the progress they are making.

Reading Lists