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The City of Rome - AHIS313

"The city of Rome was the first preindustrial metropolis in Europe with a population of about 1 million people by the end of the first century BCE. This unit will provide students with both an overview of the key issues of living in Rome, governing the city, as well as understanding the roles of migration and disease.

Alongside this overview of life in Rome, students will also investigate key skills for the study of the city, whether evaluating our knowledge of antiquity from texts or from archaeological evidence. Particular attention will be paid to the use of maps, including the Severan Marble Plan of Rome from antiquity. The work undertaken each week will build into a picture of ancient Rome, in which students will develop knowledge of the city.

A characteristic of the unit is that there is an emphasis placed on the need to research specific monuments or a topic in depth and to develop the skills to communicate those findings to a wider public. Part of the assessment is in the form of a blogpost (rather than a traditional essay), in which students develop high quality text (alongside weblinks to key ancient sources) with a target audience defined as teachers and students of HSC Ancient History. "

Credit Points: 3
When Offered:

S1 Day - Session 1, North Ryde, Day

S1 Online - Session 1, Online

Staff Contact(s): Professor Ray Laurence

39cp at 100 level or above or (6cp in AHIS or AHST units at 200 level)  Prerequisite Information


Unit Designation(s):
Unit Type:
Assessed As: Graded
Offered By:

Department of Ancient History

Faculty of Arts

Course structures, including unit offerings, are subject to change.
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