Introduction to Roman History

Module code: AH1551

There is a wealth of historical material relating to the Roman Republic and Empire, and this module guides us through the key texts showing how they allow us to build up a detailed picture not only of the narrative history of Rome itself, but also of the lives of the people of Rome and the Roman world. You will consider the main political events and their implications and repercussions. The module then looks at what the texts can tell us about things such as household structures and relationships, and the differences between living in towns, cities and the countryside.


This module is studied by distance learning. Teaching materials will include a module handbook and set readings, some of which may be delivered through the University's virtual learning environment Blackboard.


  • Source criticism - literary text (50%)
  • Source criticism - image/epigraphy/archaeology (50%)