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Rome and its Empire from Augustus to Commodus


Value: half unit


Dr David Gwynn


Taught through weekly lectures and weekly follow-up seminars


Best Essay of 2 (30%) and 2-hour Exam (70%)    

This course traces the history of the Roman Empire from the achievement of sole power by the first emperor, Augustus (31 BC - AD 14), to the murder of Commodus in AD 192. We will assess the political, social and cultural developments under the emperors and explore fundamental themes including imperial frontier policy and administration, the process of Romanisation, and the nature of Roman religion. The evidence of art and architecture will be examined as well as the major literary sources.


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