Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject deals with the cultural history of ancient Rome - its literature, its mythology, its art and architecture, and its political and civil institutions. The period covered will be the mid republic into the early empire (including the periods of Julius Caesar and Augustus Caesar). The subject will explore the military and social turmoil associated with civil war, the political use of mythology and literature by Roman writers like Vergil, Ovid and Livy, the great building programs of the period, and the artistic triumphs and conventions in the Roman world. During this period, Rome develops into a powerful empire and a multicultural society, and we shall explore the way that Rome interacts with Greek and other Mediterranean civilisations, combining key elements, such as Homeric epic and Athenian art and literature, with native Italian culture, to define and redefine Roman identity.

FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorRhiannon Evans

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

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Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsCourse ReaderPrescribedN/AN/A
ReadingsThe Aeneid; a new translation by David WestPrescribedVirgilPENGUIN, 1990

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

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Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRhiannon Evans

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
Two 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments%
One bibliographical exercise (800-word equivalent)20
One essay (2,000-word equivalent)50
One in-class test (1,200-word equivalent)30