Ancient Rome: Slaves, Empire and Film
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- 27 Feb 2023
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- Identify and assimilate sources, lines of argument and evidence on aspects of Roman culture and society. Continue to develop skills in distinguishing between primary and secondary sources, using both in historical inquiry.
- Identify the context of ancient literary and historical sources and articulate their relevance to this context in written analyses of ancient texts and examples of material culture.
- Use computing and information technology to articulate their understanding of Roman culture and society.
- Write correctly referenced essays using primary and secondary sources to frame a line of argument about a Roman culture and society, including a bibliography.
- Write with confidence about aspects of Roman culture and society.
- • Roman foundation myths.
- • Roman social institutions: politics, religion and slavery.
- • Julius Caesar, military triumph and the collapse of the Roman republic.
- • Life and literature in Rome under Augustus and Nero.
- • Roman entertainment: gladiatorial games and chariot racing.
- • Ancient Rome in modern culture: art, architecture, film, television and games.
Past La Trobe University students who have previously completed MDS1TRW (The Roman World: Myth and Empire) are ineligible to enrol in this subject. Pre-requisites: Students must have completed 60 credit points of Level one subjects.
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This subject introduces you to the society, literature and art of ancient Rome through major historical figures such as Julius Caesar, Cleopatra, Augustus, Nero. We read ancient Roman literature, history and examine material culture to better understand at slavery, class, gender roles and entertainment, such as ancient comedy and arena spectacles. While the city of Rome is the focus of our study, we consider the impact of Rome's vast empire and the significance of its history of military conquest. You will also have the opportunity to learn more about Pompeii and the legacy of Roman culture. Central to this subject is looking forward to the way in which Rome is now depicted on screen and in television, movies, novels and video games, including HBO's series Rome, Russell Crowe in Gladiator, and the video game Ryse: Son of Rome. You will study a modern text of your choice throughout the semester that represents the ancient Roman world, introducing you to the discipline of Classical Reception Studies.
- Source Analysis (750 word equivalent) Source Analysis of a text that is familiar to students, but won't be known until the assessment is opened on LMS (ie. unseen source analysis). (20%)
- Seminar Activities (1250 word equivalent) Regular source analyses to be submitted as part of an in-class activity. (30%)
- Research Essay (2000 word equivalent). (50%)
Current study term: 26 Feb 23 to 26 May 23
Textbook information is pending.