HIS 74. Rome in the world history of universal empire

Course content

HIS 74. Rome in the world history of universal empire
The Roman Empire has traditionally been studied in the perspective of European history, yet Europe is normally defined by the absence of a new overarching, universal empire. It is simply difficult to shoehorn Rome, a realm which bestrode three continents, into a European size. In this course, we set out to explore other comparative contexts for Rome, the imperial Titan. Rather than the oversized anomaly of European history, Rome fits into a world history of vast universal empires spanning across Eurasia from the Achaemenids to the Mughal and Qing dynasties. That is the claim which we are going to put to the test over this course. During the last decade a new comparative ancient history has developed, we will look at Rome and the Han dynasty empire, and embark on a journey through history and across cultures.


Course objectives (clarification of some of the objectives stipulated in the curriculum): 
 After the course students will be able to: 
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Education

History
Historical core area 2: Academic writing with focus on source analysis (HHIK03741E) [Curriculum for Master´s Programme in History, 2015-Curriculum]

Historical core area 2: Academic writing with focus on source analysis (HHIK03741E) [Curriculum for the Master’s Minor in History, 2015-Curriculum]

History (ONLY BA-elective for BA students of History)
Module T5: Historical elective project (HHIB10511E) [BA-elective studies, 2013-Curriculum]

Group instruction / Seminar

Universal Empire. A Comparative Approach to Imperial Culture and Representation in Eurasian History. Eds.: Peter Fibiger Bang & Dariusz Kolodziejczyk. Cambridge University Press, 2012.
- Walter Scheidel: State Power in Ancient China and Rome. Oxford University Press, 2015.

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 56
  • Preparation
  • 203
  • Exam Preparation
  • 129,5
  • English
  • 388,5