Classics – Master’s Degree 2014
Roman Nobility in the Late Republic:Social and Political Change
Status: optional
Recommended Year of Study: 1
Recommended Semester: 1
ECTS Credits Allocated: 6.00
Pre-requisites: No requirement other than that students are expected to be at least somewhat proficient in two foreign languages.

Course objectives: By studying the ideals, mannerisms, political and social mentality of roman nobility students will be introduced to the fundamental shifts that occurred in roman society in the second and first century B.C. which led to the demise of the Republic.

Course description: Concept of roman nobility. Political actions. Career of a noble. Civil wars and the nobles. Republic and freedom - achievements of the roman nobility. Political ambition in state leaders. The dying out of senatorial families. New nobility and old nobility.

Learning Outcomes: Students will gain insight into the dealings of the upper echelons of the senate roman society; providing them with a foundation for understanding the reasons and triggers of the demise of the Roman Republic.

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