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Level 6

6AACHI61 The Golden Age of the Roman Empire

Credit value: 15
Module convenor/tutor 2019/20: Dr James Corke-Webster 
Teaching pattern: 10 x 1 hour lectures & 10 x 1 hour seminars (weekly)
Availability: Please see module list for relevant year
Assessment: 1 x 3000 word essay (100%) - with formative commentary submitted for preliminary comment.

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 considers the second century of the Roman Empire, from the accession of Nerva, the first of the so-called "adoptive" emperors in 96AD, to the death of Septimius Severus, the first emperor of the Severan dynasty, in 211AD. This was the period with which Edward Gibbon began his seminal work of Roman history, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, and encompasses both the apparent pinnacle of the Roman Empire as well as the start of what is commonly seen as its decline, as the struggles of the third century began.

The module will consider the changing role and image of the emperor and his family in this period, the evolution of Rome's relationship with the provinces and the provincials, changing cultural and religious standards, and the problems the imperial system increasingly faced. Through detailed analysis of the diverse sources for this period, and engagement with both classic and cutting edge scholarship, students will assess for themselves whether the traditional trajectory of pinnacle and fall for this period is accurate.

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