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Learn the Roman history as Romans saw it with this online course

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Online course on Roman history

This course by University of Cambridge, describes ancient Rome as the Romans saw it - not as stone ruins, but as a vibrant, living city. The course teaches, how the people of the largest metropolis on the planet in AD 200 were fed, governed and entertained; who the ancient Romans were and how they lived.

Aims of the course:

  • To introduce ancient Rome as a living city rather than interesting ruins. To show how a large city functioned with low technology and a very different social system.
  • To get participants to think about urbanism as a phenomenon and how the different elements of a city must be integrated into a single organic whole. To consider which aspects of an ancient city were planned and which grew organically, and to implicitly compare this with the modern approach.

Course content overview:

  • The course will ask participants to define a city, and identify its key components. They will look at aspects of Roman urbanism such as housing, roads and water supply, and who lived in the ancient city and why. It will also examine how such people organised their society, and how they worked, ate and played.
  • Finally participants will be challenged to design an ancient city for themselves as indeed Roman city planners often did from scratch at a new site.


7 weeks, this course is completed entirely online.



Important dates:

  • Orientation Week: 15-21 September 2014
  • Teaching Weeks: 22 September-26 October 2014
  • Feedback Week: 27 October-2 November 2014

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