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Level 5

5AACHI06 Roman Britain

Credit value: 30
Module convenor/tutor 2018/19: Dr Eoin O'Donoghue (Semester 1) & Dr John Pearce (Semester 2)
Teaching pattern: 20 x 2-hour class (weekly)
Availability: Please see module list  for relevant year
Assessment:
1 x 3-hour examination (100%)

Students are reassessed in the failed elements of assessment and by the same methods as the first attempt.


Prerequisites: None

Assessment pattern for Graduate Diploma students only

Assessment: 2 x essays of 4,000 words (50% each)

Students are reassessed in the failed elements of assessment and by the same methods as the first attempt.

Assessment pattern for single semester Study Abroad students only

For Study Abroad students registered on either 5AACH06A (Semester 1) or 5AACH06B (Semester 2).

Assessment: 2 x essays of 2,500 words (50% each) 

Students are reassessed in the failed elements of assessment and by the same methods as the first attempt.

The modules offered in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand: there is no guarantee every module will run. Module descriptions and information may vary between years.

This module, which covers the first historical period of British history, is a case-study in Roman imperialism and an introduction to the material culture of the Roman empire. The main topics considered are the history, character and motives of the Roman conquest of Britain, revolts and the creation of frontiers, the introduction of the Roman provincial system, the late Roman changes in administrative and military arrangements, and the impact of incorporation into the Roman empire on the landscape, society, economy, religion and culture of Britain. Particular emphasis is put on the rich archaeological and artistic evidence, much of which students can see in and around London. The module will normally include at least one class in the British Museum and one in the Museum of London.

All ancient texts will be studied in translation. Translations of inscriptions will be provided.

Students are required to attend all the classes and to submit four formative essays.

Suggested introductory reading

  • M. Millett, The Romanization of Britain (1990)
  • M. Millett, L. Revell and A. Moore eds, The Oxford Handbook of Roman Britain (2016)
  • D. Mattingly, An Imperial Possession. Britain in the Roman Empire (2006)
  • R. Hobbs and R. Jackson, Roman Britain (2010)
  • P. Salway A Very Short History of Roman Britain (2015)
  • M. Todd Roman Britain (55BC - AD400) (3rd ed.) (1999)

There is no mandatory book purchase. Students are recommended to buy one or more of the above books to support their study.

Additional course costs

There may be occasional trips to sites and museums outside London. These are entirely optional and it is at the discretion of students whether or not they attend.

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