Roman Social History

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Roman Social History

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Classics, History

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    40 points

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    A study of the main features of Roman social history from the time of Augustus to AD 200. Topics include class structure, law, education, the family, slavery, poverty and public entertainment. Co-taught with CLAS 307. Offered in alternate years.

    Course Learning Objectives
    Students who pass this course should be able to:
    1. Show that they are aware of the basic structures of Roman society, such as the economic system and family construction, in the first two centuries AD.
    2. Show they possess a basic vocabulary of Roman social institutions (for instance, the key terms describing relationships in the Roman household or types of slavery).
    3. Have a general understanding of the evidence for Roman society and its limitations.
    4. Apply simple concepts derived from modern systems of analysis (e.g. from sociology or demography) such as status or life expectancy to ancient evidence in order to understand these features in their historical context.
    5. Recognize the differences between Roman society and modern societies (e.g. 21st century
    New Zealand).

    In CLAS 307, more extensive reading than that expected for CLAS 207 will be required for the
    essays and a deeper and more extensive knowledge will be expected in the examination.

    Essay 1 (2000-2500 words) 20%
    2 2 Short hand-in Quizzes (Tutorial 2 & 3) 10%
    3 Essay 2 (2000-2500 words) 20%
    4 Final Examination (3 hours) 50%

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