Roman Conquests; From Republic to Empire
Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 10 Credits.
We have 1 upcoming course
(10:00 am to 4:30 pm)
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- 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
- 3 meetings
- Saturdays 13th, 20th June and 4th July 2015
- Dr Alun Williams
- Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning
Tel: 029 2087 0000
Fax: 029 2066 8935
- £211.00 (Concessionary Fee £169.00)
From the third century BC the Roman Republic was involved in countless wars. In their wake, Roman power spread from the confines of Italy to encompass the entire Mediterranean. This expansion brought with it political upheaval, the fall of the Republic, and the onset of the military dictatorship of the Emperors. But why did Rome fight so many wars? How it was able to win them? Perhaps most intriguingly, what were the social and political consequences for the Roman state itself? These are questions which have captured the attention of scholars for decades. Using a combination of ancient sources and recent scholarship, this course aims to answer them. It is, therefore, not only a course for those interested in Roman history, but also for all who want to gain a deeper insight into why states go to war and learn about the deep imprints that such conflicts leave on human societies.
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 consists of three day schools, each of which in turn comprises three thematic units. Each day school will include lectures, class discussions and debates, pair-work and group-work, source analysis activities and exercises to develop your academic skills. There will also be opportunities for learning outside of the classroom, facilitated by the university’s Virtual learning Environment, Blackboard.
Coursework and Assessment
Students will be expected to complete two pieces of assessed work: a short presentation 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.
- M. Crawford, The Roman Republic (London: Fontana, 1992).
- A.M. Eckstein, Mediterranean anarchy, interstate war, and the rise of Rome (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2006)
- M. Goodman, The Roman World 44B-AD180 (London; New York: Routledge, 1997), Chapters 10, 13, 16.
- W.V. Harris, War and Imperialism in Republican Rome 327-70BC (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1979).DG89.H2
- E. Luttwak, The grand Strategy of the Roman Empire (Baltimore ; London : Johns Hopkins University Press, 1976).
- 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).
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.cf.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.cf.ac.uk/learn or in Choices. This includes the times and dates of courses and an explanation of accreditation and credit levels.