Cities of Greece and Rome

Subject 107-415 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable


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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2-hour seminar per week
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Prerequisites: Admission to the postgraduate diploma or fourth year honours in classics or classical studies and archaeology.
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Prof Frank Sear
Subject Overview:

A number of cities in the Graeco-Roman world are selected for study. The Italian cities to be studied are Pompeii and Ostia, which together offer insight into civic development from the early Republic to the end of the Empire. The North African cities of Leptis Magna and Cyrene will be studied as examples of towns of Phonecian and Greek background in the Roman Empire. Other cities to be studied are Athens, Palmyra, Petra and Jerash. Special attention will be paid to the city of Rome, the largest in the ancient world with an unbroken history up to the present day. Students should complete this subject with the ability to use and evaluate archaeological, inscriptional and literary evidence as a means of understanding the workings of ancient cities.

Assessment: A class paper of 2000 words 40% (due during the semester) and an essay of 3000 words 60% (due in the last week of semester).
Prescribed Texts: A subject reader will be available.
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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • be skilled in critical thinking;

  • possess effective written communication skills;

  • have an understanding of social, ethical and cultural context.

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Related Course(s): Postgraduate Certificate in Arts (Classics and Archaeology)
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Ancient and Medieval Studies)
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Classics)
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts(Classical Studies and Archaeology)

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