Livy: Republics Past and Present (ANHS3632)


This senior unit encourages students to examine the ways in which historians writing during the transition from Republic to autocracy thought about the Republican past. Students will be encouraged to think about the possible ways in which Livy's contemporary experience is echoed in his account of Rome's foundation and growth. Questions of censorship and self-censorship will be examined alongside an investigation into the historian's hopes and aspirations. What are the historian's responsibilities and what is her/his role in a time of political, cultural and ideological change?

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2x1-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week


1x3000wd research essay (60%), 1x500wd reading commentary (15%) and 1x1hr exam (25%)

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(12 senior credit points from Ancient History) or (12 senior credit points from History)

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