This seminar series offers an introduction to some of the key issues in ancient history. It covers the large processes of transformation that were a consequence of the political unification of the Mediterranean world under the aegis of Rome. In the process all parties concerned, the Romans included, were forced to find new balances in the political, social, economic, ideological and religious sphere. In the course, we will discuss subjects like processes of hellenisation, romanisation and acculturation, and changes in the religious sphere.
Students will acquire:
Knowledge of some of the key processes of transformation of the Roman world.
Insight into some of the major modern debates about Roman history
Mode of instruction
Literature seminar; attendance is compulsory (see the rules and regulations of the Department of History, art. 2).
The course consists of 6 sessions that each cover a different topic. Each week, students will have to read ca 200 pages of modern literature and a selection of ancient sources in translation on the basis of which they will have to write a short essay.
48 hours before each session, students must hand in an annotated essay of 1500 words at maximum (excl. notes). Please note that this applies also to the first session. Each essay is marked; the average of these marks plus a mark for participation constitutes the final mark.
Blackboard  Rise of Rome. Apart from registering through the normal procedure for admission to courses, students should also enrol themselves at this site before the start of the course.
See Blackboard  Rise of Rome for literature lists, essay questions, and further details.
With the coordinator: Dr. L.E. Tacoma
Please note that Ancient History offers in both semesters a different Literature Seminar. Students can choose between the two, or take both. MA- or MPhil-students outside the History Department can take the course as an optional course; it is however not possible to take either course for 5 ECTS.