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Unit Overview


This unit provides an introduction to Roman history from 44 BC to AD 68, a period which began with the assassination of Julius Caesar and finished with the death of the Emperor Nero. This was a period of profound cultural and political change at Rome and in the wider Mediterranean world, which coincided with the drift towards the establishment of a monarchical system of government at Rome, led by a 'princeps', or 'first citizen'. Moreover, with the completion of Rome's conquest of the Mediterranean, the inhabitants of once independent kingdoms and communities had now to adapt to life under Roman hegemony.

The unit offers a carefully structured program of lectures, identifying and tracing the development of the major political, social and cultural aspects of the Julio-Claudian period, and a complementary series of tutorials and a take-home assignment that allows students to examine some of these aspects in depth. The unit emphasises the collection, analysis and criticism of the ancient source material through written in-class tests and tutorial discussion. The unit aims to encourage students to develop critical abilities in the process of exploring and evaluating particular events and personalities throughout this period. Another important part of learning is for the student to be able to develop and articulate his or her views on the unit itself.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the Classics and Ancient History major sequence
  • Level 2 elective

Students are able to (1) identify, interpret and describe key events from the Julio-Claudian period; (2) identify, interpret and describe the development of major political, social and cultural aspects of the ancient Roman world; (3) identify and analyse key personalities in the Julio-Claudian period; (4) identify and analyse the main ancient writers of the period; (5) read and comprehend primary and secondary sources concerning the period; (6) analyse and critique the writings and motivations of ancient writers of the period; (7) skillfully research using print and electronic resources; and (8) develop reasoning and analytical skills.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) written assignment; (2) participation; and (3) source tests. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Christopher Mallan
Unit rules
any Level 1 CLAN unit
CLAH1102 Julians and Julio-Claudians
Contact hours
lectures: 1 hour per week (over 10 weeks)
tutorials: 2 hours per week (over 12 weeks)
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