Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Greek and Roman Civilization

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Classics and Archaeology


A survey of the development of Greek and Roman civilizations from Minoan and Mycenaean times to the collapse of the Roman Empire in the west. Topics under review include the following: the geography of Hellas and its impact on Greek civilization; migrations, colonization and reciprocal influences; the political development; causes and effects of major confrontations; Athenian and Spartan society in the 5th century; the rise of Macedon and the conquests of Alexander the Great; the Hellenistic age; the geography of Italy; the Etruscans and early Rome; the political development from monarchy to republic to principate; causes and effects of major wars; the collapse of the republic; Augustus and the Julio-Claudians; Roman society and change; the crises of the 3rd century A.D.; Diocletian and Constantine; the collapse of the empire in the west.


To provide students with a comprehensive overview of the history of Greek and Roman civilization;
To present students with the fundamental impacts that determined the development of Greek and Roman culture, and its continual legacy;
To expound on the continual influence of this civilization in its various manifestations.


To illustrate the major developments of ancient classical civilization;
To account for the effect of various factors influencing such development, including geography, culture and politics;
To elucidate about the legacy of ancient civilization in the course of history down to contemporary times.

Reading List:

Bury, J. B. and Meiggs, R., A History of Greece. London: Macmillan.
Cary, M. and Scullard, H. H., A History of Rome. London: Macmillan.
C. W. Kallendorf ed. (2010), A companion to the Classical Tradition. Wiley-Blackwell.


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (2 Hours) Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Maria Giuliana Fenech
Jurgen R. Gatt

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