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The Fall of the Roman Republic HTC242



This unit examines two of the most well documented periods in classical antiquity: the last century of the Roman Republic and the first century of the Roman Empire. The social, cultural, and political turmoil of this era is viewed through the lens of literary, archaeological, epigraphic, and numismatic sources. Our exploration begins with the revolutionary socioeconomic reforms of the Gracchi brothers and ends with the tumultuous reign of the emperor Nero.


Unit name The Fall of the Roman Republic
Unit code HTC242
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline History and Classics

Dr. Jayne Knight

Teaching staff

Dr. Jayne Knight

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 22/2/2021 23/3/2021 12/4/2021 30/5/2021

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the major events and developments of the late Roman Republic (133-27 BCE).
  2. Distinguish between primary and secondary sources of evidence for the study of Roman history and describe how they are used by ancient historians.
  3. Evaluate a range of primary sources for the history of the late Republic (e.g. literary, epigraphic, material) using appropriate methodologies.
  4. Use primary sources to support an argument about a pre-approved topic in late Roman Republican history.
  5. Express intermediate-level analysis clearly in writing.


Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
090305 $1,812.00 $850.00 not applicable $1,812.50

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25 points at introductory level in any discipline in any College


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Teaching Pattern

On Campus:
Weekly introductory lecture (recorded, approx. 30 minutes)Weekly 2-hour mixed format seminar (consisting of 2 x 30-minute lectures, with a 30-minute group discussion following each)

Off Campus:
Weekly Introductory Lecture (recorded, approx. 30 minutes)
2 x 30-minute lecture recordings weekly
4 x 2-hour Web Conference (discussion-based)


Task 1: Weekly online quizzes, approx. 50-100 words (10%)

Task 2: Take-home exam  (40%)

Task 3: Primary text analyses x3, 300 words each (15%)

Task 4: Major essay from provided topics, 1750 words (35%)

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