GLADIATORS AND EMPERORS: SPECTACLE AND SOCIETY IN IMPERIAL ROME

CAH2GAE

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Roman emperors are famous for their cruelty, extravagance and presiding over lavish spectacles such as the gladiatorial games. For example, in 107 CE, the emperor Trajan celebrated a military victory with 120 days of entertainment in the Colosseum, in which 11,000 gladiators fought and 10,000 wild animals were killed. This subject focuses on the emperors of Rome. It considers what makes a successful and popular emperor and what contributes to an emperor's failure. To do this we will examine imperial triumphs, as well as political coups and assassinations. The subject investigates the way that emperors manipulated events like the gladiatorial games for the sake of popularity; and the paradox that gladiators and other performers could be both glamorous celebrities and a despised rabble. The subject concludes with Commodus, an emperor-gladiator, and character in the films Gladiator (2000) and The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964), who tried unsuccessfully to link the highest and lowest roles of ancient Roman society.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSarah Midford

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects MDS2GLA

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
Readings Lives of the CaesarsPrescribedSuetonius (translated by Catharine Edwards) 2008. Oxford World Classics.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Have key knowledge of the history, society and culture of Imperial Rome: namely the chronology, significant historical events and gradual social change of the period 14 CE-192 CE

Activities:
Lectures, tutorials, quizzes, essays
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills)

02. Be able to speak knowledgably and fluently about Roman society

Activities:
Tutorials, workshops
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills)

03. Critically analyse the evidence for a pre-modern imperial culture, particularly the ability to discuss social status and the precise forms of political power

Activities:
Tutorial, workshops, essays
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills)

04. Be able to write fluently about Roman society

Activities:
Essays
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)

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Albury-Wodonga, 2018, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSarah Midford

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 1.5 hours lecture per week on any day including weekend from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.
"All lecture content is available through the LMS"

Lecture/Film Week: 31 - 43
Two 6.0 hours lecture/film per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"The films will only be screened on the Melbourne campus. But they will be available to all regional students to watch in their own time."

Seminar Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Seminars may only be available online on your campus, but they will still be scheduled and face to face"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Seminar Activities (1600 word equivalent)35 01
Critical Analyses (1400 word equivalent)25 01, 02, 03, 04
Research essay (2000 words)40 01, 02, 03, 04

Bendigo, 2018, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSarah Midford

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 1.5 hours lecture per week on any day including weekend from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.
"All lecture content is available through the LMS"

Lecture/Film Week: 31 - 43
Two 6.0 hours lecture/film per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"The films will only be screened on the Melbourne campus. But they will be available to all regional students to watch in their own time."

Seminar Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Seminars may only be available online on your campus, but they will still be scheduled and face to face"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Seminar Activities (1600 word equivalent)35 01
Critical Analyses (1400 word equivalent)25 01, 02, 03, 04
Research essay (2000 words)40 01, 02, 03, 04

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSarah Midford

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 1.5 hours lecture per week on any day including weekend from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.
"All lecture content is available through the LMS"

Lecture/Film Week: 31 - 43
Two 6.0 hours lecture/film per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"The films will only be screened on the Melbourne campus. But they will be available to all regional students to watch in their own time."

Seminar Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Seminars may only be available online on your campus, but they will still be scheduled and face to face"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Seminar Activities (1600 word equivalent)35 01
Critical Analyses (1400 word equivalent)25 01, 02, 03, 04
Research essay (2000 words)40 01, 02, 03, 04

Mildura, 2018, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSarah Midford

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 1.5 hours lecture per week on any day including weekend from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.
"All lecture content is available through the LMS"

Lecture/Film Week: 31 - 43
Two 6.0 hours lecture/film per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"The films will only be screened on the Melbourne campus. But they will be available to all regional students to watch in their own time."

Seminar Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Seminars may only be available online on your campus, but they will still be scheduled and face to face"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Seminar Activities (1600 word equivalent)35 01
Critical Analyses (1400 word equivalent)25 01, 02, 03, 04
Research essay (2000 words)40 01, 02, 03, 04

Shepparton, 2018, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSarah Midford

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 1.5 hours lecture per week on any day including weekend from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.
"All lecture content is available through the LMS"

Lecture/Film Week: 31 - 43
Two 6.0 hours lecture/film per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"The films will only be screened on the Melbourne campus. But they will be available to all regional students to watch in their own time."

Seminar Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Seminars may only be available online on your campus, but they will still be scheduled and face to face"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Seminar Activities (1600 word equivalent)35 01
Critical Analyses (1400 word equivalent)25 01, 02, 03, 04
Research essay (2000 words)40 01, 02, 03, 04