Ancient Sources (Written Evidence): Roman Historical Writing (CLA2303)

15 credits

Focusing on key ancient historians, such as Sallust, Livy, and Tacitus, this module explores how the Romans understood and wrote about their past. For example, it examines how the retelling of key episodes from the city’s early history shaped Roman identity, the way in which the collapse of the Republic was understood within a wider framework of moral decline, and how the intrigue and personalities of the Julio-Claudian dynasty were seen to corrupt Imperial politics. The module investigates the complexities of the different texts, the influence of contemporary issues on an author’s presentation of historical events, and considers the possibilities and limitations of historiography as a source for interpreting aspects of the ancient world.