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The other Romans: a social history of Rome

When you'll study it
Semester 2
CATS points
ECTS points
Level 4
Module lead
Joe Grimwade
Academic year

Module overview

Ancient history is popularly presented as the history of dead, white leaders, but what about the rest of the population? Too often the history of the non-elite, non-adult, non-male is written through 'common-sense' assumptions about essentialist differences. In this module, you will question these assumptions, and using a variety of evidence, think about what we can reconstruct about what it was to be one of these 'other' groups. You will think about how difference is created between groups, and how these groups were accorded different levels of respect within Roman society. However, as recent research has warned against thinking about the 'typical' woman or child or slave, we will also think about how the intersection between different social categories allows some we think of as powerless to challenge our preconceptions.

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