The Roman Eastern Frontier
Track the Roman Empire's military movements in the third and fourth centuries.
Study the spread of commerce and religion during this period. Stand at the Eastern Frontier as the Romans battle Persian armies. Gain insight into the Middle East today.
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- 22 Feb 2021
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At the completion of this subject students will:
- 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
- Have an awareness of significant religious activity and developments together with the importance of trade and commerce
- Be able to display a strong basic knowledge of the topography of the region both ancient and modern.
- General, geographical and historical background
- Rise of the Sassanians
- The Roman Wars of Shapur
- The rise and fall of Palmyra
- The reforms of Diocletian and campaign of Galerius
- Frontier defence
- The diffusion of Christianity
- The diffusion of Manichaeism
- Constantine and Persia
- The Persian wars of Constantius II
- The Persian expedition of Julian
You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
You must complete Level 1 and 2 studies in Ancient History before starting this subject.
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Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.
This subject was previously known as AHIX242, AHIX342 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 subject 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 subject provides background and insight into the Middle East today.
- Essay 1 — Short Essay (30%)
- Essay 2 — Long Essay (50%)
- Online Discussion (20%)
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