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Semester 1

Empresses and Others: Women of Imperial Rome (ANHI10052)

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Ancient History





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Visiting students must have taken at least 3 courses in Classics related subject matter (at least 2 of which should be in Ancient History) at grade B or above for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses. Applicants should note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the academic pre-requisites does NOT guarantee admission. **Please note that 3rd year Ancient History courses are very popular and have strict visiting student quotas, meaning that they have a very high number of students wishing to enrol in a very limited number of spaces.** These enrolments are managed strictly by the Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department, and all enquiries to enrol in these courses must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office. It is not appropriate for students to contact the department directly to request additional spaces.

Course Summary

This course explores the ideology and reality of women associated with the Roman emperors from the Late Republic to Late Antiquity, with special emphasis on the Julio-Claudians.

Course Description

The course will explore the sources for the study of Roman women and will evaluate the depiction of Imperial women in art and literature as well as investigate the reality of their lives. Focus will be given to the gendered construction of Roman women in contrast to the lives they led in reality. Students will become aware of the historiography of the study of Roman women over the last 100 years and the development of women's history as an academic discipline. Topics will include succession issues; ideas of power; religion and morality; domestic life (court); literary constructions; artistic image.

Assessment Information

Written Exam 50%, Coursework 50%, Practical Exam 0%

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