CAH3038 : Running a Roman City: Urban Administration and Society in Italy, 89 BC-AD 284
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Dr Franco Luciani
- Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||20|
The aims of this module are:
- to deepen students’ knowledge and understanding of Roman politics, society and culture;
- to offer an overview of the geographical and chronological spread of Roman citizenship and urbanism in Italy;
- to provide students with an insight into the local government and the social organisation of Roman cities;
- to advance students’ knowledge and understanding of the topography and the archaeology of a typical Roman urban and non-urban settlement.
Outline Of Syllabus
In this module we will consider the development of the cities in Roman Italy, focusing on the civic administrative and the urban society, from 89 BC, when the process of municipalisation began, to AD 284, before the Tetrarchic reform, which changed the previously existent administrative system.
The course will not only account for the importance of cities to the Roman rulers and the local élites, but will also seek to shed light on the geographical and chronological spread of citizenship and urbanism, including the associated public monuments (e.g. basilicas, temples, amphitheatres, and baths). Finally, it will draw attention to the most important aspects of the Roman urban society.
Topics and issues to be discussed might include Roman and Latin citizenship, foundation of colonies and centuriation, Romanisation, urbanisation and urban culture, elections and struggle for power, magistrates and local assemblies, élites and non-élites, urban structure and public buildings, organisation of civic territories and rural settlements.
This module will engage students, whether their interests lie in ancient history, Roman archaeology, or the wider history of urbanism.
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||55||1:00||55:00||1/3 of guided independent study|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||28||1:00||28:00||Lectures, including revision classes|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||54||1:00||54:00||1/3 of guided independent study|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||8||1:00||8:00||Seminars|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Drop-in/surgery||1||1:00||1:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||54||1:00||54:00||1/3 of guided independent study|
Jointly Taught With
|CAH8038||Running a Roman City: Administration and Urban Society in Italy, 89 BC-AD 284|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Lectures will provide students with a structured outline of core knowledge and methodologies, which are essential for approaching the key historical topics of the module. Primary sources will be read and interpreted, and general topics will be discussed as they emerge from these readings. Lectures also offer the students the necessary instruments to analyse and discuss secondary literature independently.
Seminars are specifically designed to provide 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 format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Essay||1||M||40||2,000 word essay|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship