This unit explores the roles of spectacles and the spectacular in ancient Greek and Roman society through the study of literary sources and material culture. Lecture and discussion topics include athletic competitions, gladiatorial games, chariot races, animal hunts, military triumphs, theatrical shows, funerals, and executions. We will consider what spectacles meant to the ancient Greeks and Romans, and what they still mean to us today.
|Unit name||Spectacle and Society in Ancient Greece and Rome|
|College/School||College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
|Discipline||History and Classics|
|Coordinator||Doctor Charlotte Dunn|
|Available as an elective?||Yes|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
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- Describe and explain the key features of different types of ancient Greek and Roman spectacles and situate them in their historical contexts.
- Distinguish between primary and secondary sources of evidence for ancient Greek and Roman spectacles and explain how they are used by ancient historians.
- Critically analyse a range of primary sources for ancient Greek and Roman spectacles.
- Use primary and secondary sources to support written arguments about ancient Greek and Roman spectacles.
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Prerequisites25 credit points at Introductory level or higher
|Assessment||Take-Home Exam (40%)|Weekly online quizzes (10%)|Primary Source Analyses (15%)|Major Essay (35%)|
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