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The Unification of the Mediterranean World


Admission requirements

not applicable.


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.

Course objectives

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


See here.

Mode of instruction

Literature seminar.

Assessment method

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.


Apart from registering through the normal procedure for admission to MA-courses, students should also enrol themselves via Blackboard before the start of the course.

Reading list

For each session, students read a representative selection of secondary literature. Literature that is not available electronically, will be made available in xeroxes in the Classics Reading Room in the Main Library.
See Blackboard module for literature lists, essay questions, and further details.


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Contact information

E-mail: dr. L.E. Tacoma


This seminar has been offered in previous years under the title ‘The Rise of Rome and the Unification of the Mediterranean’.
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 not possible to take either course for 5 ECTS.