The ancient world is defined by its empires, its written history focusing on the rise and fall of great powers. Indeed, the story of empires, the thirst for political, military and cultural dominance, is almost as old as the history of civilisation itself. This course will consider some of the great empires of the ancient world, from Assyria to Rome, and will seek to identify the causes of imperial expansion, the ways in which empires were won and maintained, and the ideological justifications for imperial rule. Students will have the opportunity to examine a series of case studies in ancient empire, and engage with a wide variety of archaeological and literary evidence. In addition, we will explore the origins and meanings of such terms as ‘empire’ and ‘imperialism’ and consider the extent to which they are appropriate for discussing the ancient world.
Who is this course for?
This course is for anyone with an interest in ancient history and the enthusiasm to take that interest further. It operates as part of the Exploring the Past pathway, and will equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills that will help you to study other courses in the pathway.
Learning and Teaching
This course will be taught over three day schools running on consecutive Saturdays, These sessions will include lectures, class discussions, debates, group-work and pair-work. Activities will focus on the analysis of sources, the interpretation of events, and exercises to develop your academic skills. In addition, there will be support both before and after the day schools themselves, facilitated via email contact and through Learning Central, the university’s Virtual Learning Environment.
Coursework and Assessment
Students will be expected to complete two pieces of assessed work: a short presentation with accompanying handout and a 1000 word essay. Advice and support will be provided for both assignments and you will receive detailed feedback relating to strengths and areas for improvement on both pieces of work.
- C. Champion (ed) Roman Imperialism: Readings and Sources (Malden, Mass.: Blackwell Pub., 2004)
- C. Freeman, Egypt, Greece and Rome: Civilisations of the Ancient Mediterranean (Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 1996)
- W.V. Harris, War and Imperialism in Republican Rome 327-70BC (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1979). DG89.H2
- K. Raaflaub & N. Rosenstein (eds), War and Society in the Ancient and Medieval Worlds: Asia, the Mediterranean, Europe, and Mesoamerica (Washington, D.C. : Center for
- Hellenic Studies; Cambridge, Mass.: Distributed by Harvard University Press, 1999), Chapters 4-9.
- P.J. Rhodes, The Athenian Empire (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1985).
- F.W. Walbank, The Hellenistic World (London: Fontana, 1992).
Library and Computing Facilities
As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on
(029) 2087 0000.
Accessibility of Courses
Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the Centre on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.
A range of further information can be found on our web site www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn or in Choices. This includes the times and dates of courses and an explanation of accreditation and credit levels.
Just get in touch with our pathway coordinator Dr Richard Marsden.