Romanization: Interaction, Conquest and Change in Late Roman and Iron Age Dacia (ARC3404)

StaffDr Ioana Oltean - Convenor
Credit Value15
ECTS Value7.5
NQF Level6
Pre-requisitesNot taken ARC2404
Duration of Module Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

The module aims to develop understanding of the impact of Roman civilisation on native cultures as an Empire-wide, changing phenomenon. 

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. show critical awareness of the importance of context in interpreting social evolution
  • 2. understand the concept of Romanisation as a process of cultural interaction and acculturation
  • 3. show knowledge of the archaeology of Iron Age and Roman Dacia (main sites, current
  • 4. demonstrate familiarity with the biases which apply to archaeological data and their effect on

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 5. research a topic guided by a reading list and using their own initiative, to understand, interpret
  • 6. ability to synthesise and evaluate terms, concepts and examples

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 7. participate in open discussion; express opinions based on reading; respond to comments

Syllabus plan

Introduction to Romanisation; TheNorthern Thracians: the Dacians and the Getae

Settlement pattern and economy

Religion and spiritual life

Daciaand the Mediterranean cultures;Daciaand the European Iron Age

The Roman conquest and the organisation and development of the Roman province

Military presence

Settlement pattern: and urbanisation and the countryside (villas and villages)

Economy and religion

Society: colonists and natives

The end of Roman Dacia

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Lectures168 x 2 hour lectures
Seminar22 x 1 hour
Tutorial1 x essay tutorial
Independent study131

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Coursework502000 wordsmark and written feedback
Exam501 hourprovided on request

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
CourseworkCourseworkRefer/Defer period
ExamExamRefer/Defer period

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Hanson, W.S. and Haynes, I.P. (eds) 2004 RomanDacia: the making of a provincial society, JRA Supplementary Series 56,Portsmouth,Rhode Island.

Lica, V. 2000 The Coming ofRomein the Dacian World,Konstanz

MacKendrick, P. 1975 The Dacian stones speak,Chapel Hill

Oltean, I.A. 2007,Dacia. Landscape, Colonisation, Romanization, Routledge,London,New York

Wells, P.S. 1999 The Barbarians speak: how the conquered peoples shaped Roman Europe,Princeton

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Last revision date

March 2012

Key words search

Roman, Dacia