The Roman Eastern Frontier - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sem1 , Sem2
  • Assessment: Essay 1 - Short Essay (30%) , Essay 2 - Long Essay (50%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This unit was previously known as HST240 The Roman Eastern Frontier.

This period is unique in the world - addressing the third and fourth centuries AD of the ancient Roman Empire. It focuses on modern Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Southern Turkey, Iraq and Iran covering a time frame of AD 226-363. A significant focus will be Rome's eastern defences against major Persian attacks and a survey of the literary and archaeological evidence. The unit covers the influence of commerce and the spread of religions, especially Christianity and Manichaeism in the frontier regions. Major cities (Dura Europos, Palmyra and Edessa) will also be studied. This unit provides background and insight into the Middle East today.

At the completion of this unit students will:

  1. have a sound knowledge of the major political and military developments in the regions of the Roman Eastern Frontier during the third and fourth centuries AD
  2. have an awareness of significant religious activity and developments together with the importance of trade and commerce
  3. be able to display a strong basic knowledge of the topography of the region both ancient and modern.
  • Essay 1 — Short Essay (30%)
  • Essay 2 — Long Essay (50%)
  • Online Discussion (20%)

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:

  • HST240 — The Roman Eastern Frontier

You must complete Level 1 studies in Ancient History before starting this unit.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1General, geographical and historical background
2Rise of the Sassanians
3The Roman Wars of Shapur
4The rise and fall of Palmyra
5The reforms of Diocletian and campaign of Galerius
6Frontier defence
7The diffusion of Christianity
8The diffusion of Manichaeism
9Constantine and Persia
10The Persian wars of Constantius II
11The Persian expedition of Julian

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

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

Print based materials

  • Welcome Letter

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.

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Required textbooks

  • Roman Eastern Frontier & The Persian Wars AD 226-363 : A

    By:Michael H. Dodgeon & Samuel N.

    ISBN: 9780415103176


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