The Fall of the Roman Republic - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (30%) , Assignment 2 (30%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

This unit was previously known as HST130 The Fall of the Roman Republic.

This unit examines Roman history from 168 BC until the emergence of Augustus as Rome's 'First Man'. You will examine the effect upon Roman institutions of Rome's domination of the Mediterranean and investigate the rise of political instability and violence, which led to civil war, and the establishment of military autocracy. Particular attention will be paid to the changing expression of leadership qualities in Rome, the ideology of Rome's political class and evolving moral tradition. It is intended that at the end of this unit you will understand the ethos of the Roman Republic's political elite as it met Rome's changing circumstances; and understand the complex phenomenon of that Republic's failure at the very time of Rome's successful imperial expansion around the Mediterranean basin.

At the completion of this unit it is expected that students will have:

  1. acquired knowledge of the Roman republican political process and a knowledge of the fundamental political developments in Rome during the so-called Roman Revolution
  2. been able to demonstrate their skill in evaluating source material and, in particular, their ability to critically use ancient sources and evaluate modern interpretations of those sources 
  3. been able to formulate arguments and articulate ideas
  4. been able to demonstrate an appreciation of the larger issues that engage historians. For example, the factors that lead to social cohesion and the factors that lead to social and political dysfunction, the desirable qualities of political leadership
  • Assignment 1 (30%)
  • Assignment 2 (30%)
  • Non-Invigilated Exam — Take Home Exam (40%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • HST130 — The Fall of the Roman Republic

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

  • Broadband access — Students are required to have regular access to a computer and the internet. Mobile devices alone are not sufficient

This unit addresses the following topics.

1An introduction to Roman culture and history
2The Rise of Rome to 146 BC
3Scipio Aemilianus
4Problems facing Rome in the mid-second century
5133 BC: tribunate of Tiberius Sempronius Gracchus
6Killing Tiberius Gracchus: beginning of violence
7Archaeological evidence for the Gracchan land program
8123-121 BC: the tribunates of Gaius Gracchus
9C. Marius
10Civil war and Sulla's domination
11Pompey the Great

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • Makers Of Rome


    ISBN: 9780140441581


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  • Fall Of The Roman Republic


    ISBN: 9780140449341


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  • From The Gracchi To Nero


    ISBN: 9780415025270


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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