Archaeology, Art and Life in Roman Britain with Sandra Smith

Ref: C3747068

What did the Romans ever do for us? The Romans first invaded Britain under Julius Caesar in the first century BC, but it is the Emperor Claudius who sent an army to subdue the British Isles. In this course we will investigate Roman customs, religion, engineering, politics and art in order to understand the spectacular contribution they made to modernising Britain and enhancing its cultural life. We will study engineering and planning marvels, such as their road system, fortress network and new towns and cities. We will, of course spend some time looking in detail at Hadrian's Wall and discover the daily life of a Roman soldier in the furthest reaches of the Empire. We will also discover how the Romans tolerated local religions, which can be seen in the Bath complex and Temple at Bath and will discover the luxurious life of the Roman villa owner at places such as Fishbourne Palace. We will investigate the thousands of objects that tell us about craft skill, religion and daily life.

Course aim

In this short online course we will study the contribution made by the Romans to British life from the first century BC, with a view to better understanding both Roman culture and its broader affect on British history and life.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify mosaics from Fishbourne Palace.
  • Identify and describe the Great Bath at Bath.
  • Begin to discuss the way in which the Roman fort and road system worked in Britain.
  • Describe and discuss some of the cultural developments brought to Britain by the Romans.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

You do not need to bring anything to this course. However, the course will be taught online using Zoom and Canvas so you should have an internet connection and device in order to access the classes.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

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Archaeology, Art and Life in Roman Britain with Sandra Smith

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