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HIST3167 Rome and Jerusalem: From Nero to Hadrian Part 2

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The main aims of this module are: • to introduce students to the history of the Jews in the Roman world, from Nero to Hadrian; • to familiarize students with a wide range of relevant primary evidence for this subject (with written sources in translation); • to encourage students to explore different different responses to Roman domination.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Key historiographical and conceptual approaches to Roman imperialism and ancient Jewish history;
  • The challenges of interpreting relevant ancient sources and techniques for analyzing them;
  • Roman policy towards subject peoples of the Roman Empire, focusing on the Jews as case study;
  • Jewish responses to Roman domination
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Apply analytical techniques to a wide range of evidence;
  • Formulate and communicate critical judgments coherently and effectively, in formal written exercises;
  • Carry out small-scale research projects, working with a large degree of independence;
Cognitive Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Analyze primary evidence by applying relevant techniques and theory to its interpretation;
  • Construct in-depth accounts of events, historical figures, historical concepts, etc, by relating evidence to wider contexts;
  • Reflect critically on the historiography of Roman imperialism and Jewish history.


Building on Part 1which deals with the period from the conquest of Jerusalem by Pompey the Great to the outbreak under Nero of Jewish revolt against Rome, this module focuses on the period of Jewish revolts against the Roman Empire: the First Jewish War against Rome to the fall of Masada (66-74 AD); Jewish revolts under Trajan (115-117 AD); the Bar Kokhba Revolt (132-135 AD); aftermath and legacy. Some areas for study may be negotiated with the members of the seminar, responding to students’ particular interests.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Special Subject teaching is delivered by means of two weekly seminars, guided reading, independent research, and completion of assessments.

Independent Study252
Total study time300

Resources & Reading list

Margaret Williams, The Jews among the Greeks and Romans: A Diasporan Sourcebook, 1998. 

Keith Hopkins, A World Full of Gods: Pagans, Jews, and Christians in the Roman Empire, 1999. 

John Barclay, Jews in the Mediterranean Diaspora: from Alexander to Trajan (323 BCE – 117 CE), 1996. 

Daniel Boyarin, Borderlines: The Partition of Judaeo-Christianity, 2004. 

E.M. Smallwood, The Jews under Roman Rule: From Pompey to Diocletian, 2nd edn, 1981. 

Miriam Pucci ben Zeev, Diaspora Judaism in Turmoil, 116/117 CE: Ancient Sources and Modern Insights, 2005. 

Peter Schäfer, Judeophobia: Attitudes towards the Jews in the Ancient World, 1998. 

Mary Beard, The Roman Triumph, 2007. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (4000 words) 50%
Exam  (3 hours) 50%


MethodPercentage contribution
Resubmit assessments 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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