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Explore the archaeology and social lives of the people living in the Western Roman Empire. 

The Roman world included people from Africa, Britain, Germany, Greece, and Iran. They moved around Western Europe, trading, fighting, marrying, and dying in the Roman provinces. The Roman period was the flowering of multicultural Europe.

Course outline

  • Topic 1: Introduction: the story of the Roman Empire 
  • Topic 2: Gods and goddesses: fear, faith, and sacrifice 
  • Topic 3: Social life: how to make friends and manipulate people 
  • Topic 4: Staying Alive: the bare necessities of life  

Learning outcomes

At the completion of this course, learners will have the knowledge and skills to:

  • Understand the archaeological timeline and characteristics of Roman Western Europe;
  • Recognise the social and cultural changes over the time period;
  • Grasp key debates about the identities of Roman communities;
  • Explain the nature of monuments, housing, domestic lives, beliefs, and attitudes to death.

Who should enrol

This course is aimed at a general audience with a healthy enthusiasm for studying the past but no previous experience in archaeology is necessary.


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