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HIST1016 Masada: History and Myth

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

- Introduce you to a controversial aspect of Roman-period Jewish history, namely the significance of the fortress Masada in the course of the First Jewish War against Tome (CE 66-74). - Provide you with an opportunity to engage with primary sources from the first century in the eastern Roman Empire. - Encourage you to engage with the reception history of ancient narratives and archaeology

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Introduce you to a controversial aspect of Roman-period Jewish history, namely the significance of the fortress Masada in the course of the First Jewish War against Tome (CE 66-74).
  • Provide you with an opportunity to engage with primary sources from the first century in the eastern Roman Empire.
  • Encourage you to engage with the reception history of ancient narratives and archaeology

Syllabus

Lectures and seminars will provide you with an introduction to the literature, archaeology, culture of representation of Masada, its scholarly interpretations, and methodologies for dealing with these kinds of evidence. Key topics will include: - situating Josephus' narrative in context and its relationship to ancient Jewish historiography - identifying influences on Josephus' representation of Masada - assessing Josephus’ claims in relation to other evidence - Josephus’ constructiom of Jewish identity through his narrative of Masada - investigating who lived at Masada, based on material and documentary evidence for ordinary life there during the war - the afterlife of Masada in Jewish tradition.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include - tutor-led classes (short lectures and interactive presentations of primary evidence) - student-led classes (discussions of key topics and presentations related to individual/group research). Learning activities include - independent reading, guided by annotated reading lists and by the lectures.

TypeHours
Independent Study126
Teaching24
Total study time150

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (1000 words) 20%
Essay  (2000 words) 40%
Exam  (1 hours) 40%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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