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Introduction to Ancient Rome HTC104


This unit introduces you to the world of ancient Rome through the study of ancient literary texts in translation. We learn how to analyse and interpret the perspectives of ancient writers who wrote across different literary genres and time periods in the Roman world. Mytho-historical narratives about the foundation of Rome provide a starting point for our exploration of how the Romans constructed their cultural identity through literature. Political speeches and personal poetry give us a window into the society and politics of the late Republic. Imperial biographies and plays illustrate how texts were used to critique power and authority in the Roman empire. This unit provides you with the foundational knowledge and skills required for further studies in Classics.


Unit name Introduction to Ancient Rome
Unit code HTC104
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline History and Classics
Coordinator Doctor Jayne Knight
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Introductory


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • Produce valid interpretations of the content of ancient Roman texts.
  • Explain the significance of major works of ancient Roman literature.
  • Demonstrate awareness of the historical and cultural contexts of ancient Roman texts.
  • Express analysis of ancient Roman texts clearly and effectively in writing.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
091523 $555.00 $555.00 not applicable $2,040.00

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Teaching Pattern

On Campus:

Weekly Introductory Lecture (recorded, approx. 30 minutes)

Weekly 2-hour mixed format seminar (typically comprising two 30-minute lectures and two periods of discussion)

Off campus:

Weekly Introductory Lecture (recorded, approx. 30 minutes)

2 x 30-minute lecture recordings weekly

1 hour Web Conference weekly (discussion-based)

AssessmentWeekly Online Quizzes (10%)|Primary Text Analyses (x 2) (15%)|Major Essay (35%)|Take home exam (40%)
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