LAT30190 City of Rome

Academic Year 2021/2022

The city of Rome was an important urban center, and a key theme in the work of Roman writers. In this module you will explore the city and city life through reading extracts from a range of Roman authors, including Martial, Suetonius, Juvenal, Seneca and Pliny the Younger, as well as inscriptions. We will explore writing about the Great Fire of Rome, public buildings, difficulties of life in the city, and public spectacles.

The module is suitable for students who have studied the Latin language for at least two years. It is open to programme students in Latin and also to elective students, international students, and postgraduate students with knowledge of Latin.

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Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students will:
- have developed their understanding of the social history of the city
- have developed their Latin reading skills
- be able to produce well-argued written work that engages with the Latin texts and with modern scholarship

Indicative Module Content:

The textbook for the module is

Paul Whalen (ed.) Urbs Antiqua. Themes in Latin Literature. Cambridge, 1989.

This is available to borrow from the School of Classics.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Small Group




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The module is taught in small group classes, using a mixture of seminars, focused on particular themes, and reading classes, focused on developing translation skills. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
LAT40010 - Advanced Latin Texts

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Essay: 1500 word essay Week 7 n/a Graded No


Class Test: Translation test Week 10 n/a Graded No


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

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Feedback will be provided to students individually via Brightspace.

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.

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