ANCH318 The Romans: From Cradle to Grave

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Updated: 27 August 2019
Credit Points 6
Offering Not offered in 2020
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The exam will either be paper-based and offered at an established exam venue or online with supervision via webcam and screen sharing technology. Coordinated by UNE Exams Unit.
Pre-requisites any 12cp or candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions ANCH418 or ANCH518


There are two options for Assessment 3. Students must complete either an Essay or a UNE Supervised Examination (paper-based or online). See assessment information for further details.

Combined Units ANCH518 - The Romans: From Cradle to Grave
Coordinator(s) Bronwyn Hopwood (
Unit Description

This unit traces the cycle of life in Ancient Rome, from cradle to grave, with particular emphasis on the Roman family. Study of the human condition in Rome from birth, through childhood, marriage, aging and death, provides a unique window into the lives, customs, popular beliefs, philosophies, and commemorative practices of the Romans as a society and as individuals. By questioning how the Romans celebrated life, and prepared for and dealt with death, this unit deepens our understanding of Roman society and provides an opportunity to engage with some of the issues that life and death pose to our own society today.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. independently research aspects of Roman society and family, thereby demonstrating autonomy, well-developed judgement and responsibility as a learner;
  2. review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge about Roman society from both written and non-written primary and secondary sources with competence;
  3. display well-developed writing skills through the construction and presentation of a clear and coherent written argument in response to a defined question; and
  4. exhibit a broad and coherent body of knowledge about the institutions of the Roman family.