GRC10130 Ancient Rome: An Introduction

Academic Year 2024/2025

This module introduces students to Roman history, literature, and culture from Rome's mythological origins to the second century AD. Precise topics and periods of emphasis will vary from year to year. In lectures and tutorials students will examine case studies informed by key figures and institutions, material and visual culture, and literary sources that modern scholars use to reconstruct the story of Rome. The module also explores important aspects of cultural and social history, looking at topics such as gender, philosophy, religion, slavery, etc. Ancient literary sources that inform each session, such as: Caesar, Cicero, Dio, Epictetus, Livy, Marcus Aurelius, Polybius, Sallust, Seneca, Suetonius, Tacitus, and Virgil, are all studied in translation.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this module, students will demonstrate:
- an ability to identify and discuss key figures, periods, events and topics in Roman history of the late republic and early empire
- an ability to comment critically on key sources used for the study of Roman history and culture
- they possess solid foundations for undertaking further study in Roman history and culture.

Indicative Module Content:

Specific topics for lectures and tutorials will vary from year.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The module will be delivered through in-person lectures and tutorials. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
GRC1001E - Roman History&Archaeology, GRC10030 - Roman History & Archaeology, GRC10070 - Rome's Rise to Empire, GRC1008E - The Rise of Rome & its Empire, GRC1010E - Introduction to Ancient Rome

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade

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Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

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Name Role
Dr Martin Brady Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Joanna Day Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Helen Dixon Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr George Prekas Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Alexander Thein Lecturer / Co-Lecturer