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CLAS444 From Augustus to Nero: Advanced Studies

An advanced study of the literary and archaeological sources that document the rise to power of the Julio-Claudian emperors.

This paper examines how these emperors secured their position of power through a consideration of the family dynamics, arranged murders and intrigues in order to hold on to power, and their attitudes and actions towards the army, the senate, and the people.
In addition, this paper expands on the scandals and intrigues associated with the development of imperial power in Rome in the 1st century CE through seminars on the Roman army, Roman imperialism, the process of deification, and sources of history.

Paper title From Augustus to Nero: Advanced Studies
Paper code CLAS444
Subject Classics
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2017
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,076.55
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,267.52

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Prerequisite
72 300-level CLAS, GREK or LATN points
Restriction
CLAS 344
Limited to
BA(Hons), PGDipArts
Contact
classics@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Dr Gwynaeth McIntyre
Paper Structure
This paper consists of two-50 minute classes per week which will vary from lecture style to a more discussion based format. The topics are arranged by emperor and cover the creation and development of dynastic succession, expanding the empire, mutinies and conspiracies, and ideology and propaganda. There are six tutorials which focus specifically on the sources for ancient history, the Roman army, Roman imperialism, the process of deification, writers under Nero, and the development of imperial power.
Textbooks
Edwards, C. (trans). 2008. Suetonius. The Lives of the Twelve Caesars. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Woodman, A.J. (trans). 2004. Tacitus. The Annals. Cambridge: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Self-motivation, interdisciplinary perspectives.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
By the end of this paper, students will have gained:
  • an understanding of the historical context of the period from the death of Caesar to the death of Nero (44 BCE - 68 CE)
  • an understanding of the key developments of the construction of a dynastic house and the various ways imperial power could be legitimized and expressed
  • a familiarity with the various types of literary, epigraphic, numismatic, and artistic sources for the period as well as the ability to critically evaluate these sources
  • the skills of effective written communication, including the construction of clear and logical scholarly argumentation
  • the skills of effective oral communication, including the ability to present formal papers and to draw reasoned hypotheses from the surviving ancient sources

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Timetable

Not offered in 2017

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

An advanced study of the literary and archaeological sources that document the rise to power of the Julio-Claudian emperors.

This paper examines how these emperors secured their position of power through a consideration of the family dynamics; the arranged murders and intrigues used to hold on to power; and their attitudes and actions towards the army, the senate and the people.

In addition, this paper expands on the scandals and intrigues associated with the development of imperial power in Rome in the 1st century CE through seminars on the Roman army, Roman imperialism, the process of deification and sources of history.

Paper title From Augustus to Nero: Advanced Studies
Paper code CLAS444
Subject Classics
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,098.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,352.87

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Prerequisite
72 300-level CLAS, GREK or LATN points
Restriction
CLAS 344
Limited to
BA(Hons), PGDipArts
Contact
classics@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Dr Gwynaeth McIntyre
Paper Structure
This paper consists of two-50 minute classes per week, which will vary from lecture style to a more discussion-based format. The topics are arranged by emperor and cover the creation and development of dynastic succession, expanding the empire, mutinies and conspiracies, and ideology and propaganda. There are six tutorials, which focus specifically on the sources for ancient history, the Roman army, Roman imperialism, the process of deification, writers under Nero, and the development of imperial power.

Internal Assessment 60%
Textbooks
Edwards, C. (trans). 2008. Suetonius. The Lives of the Twelve Caesars. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Woodman, A.J. (trans). 2004. Tacitus. The Annals. Cambridge: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Self-motivation, Interdisciplinary perspectives.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
By the end of this paper, students will have gained:
  • An understanding of the historical context of the period from the death of Caesar to the death of Nero (44 BCE - 68 CE)
  • An understanding of the key developments of the construction of a dynastic house and the various ways imperial power could be legitimised and expressed
  • A familiarity with the various types of literary, epigraphic, numismatic, and artistic sources for the period, as well as the ability to critically evaluate these sources
  • The skills of effective written communication, including the construction of clear and logical scholarly argumentation
  • The skills of effective oral communication, including the ability to present formal papers and to draw reasoned hypotheses from the surviving ancient sources

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Monday 14:00-14:50 28-34, 36-41
Wednesday 14:00-14:50 28-34, 36-41

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
T1 Thursday 14:00-14:50 29, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41