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THE ROMANS

Welcome to the companion website for the third edition of The Romans!

This website provides a wealth of extra information to support the text. In particular, it features a new didactic component: case studies. Portions of the book’s text which have accompanying online case studies and additional resources are indicated by the companion website logo in the margin.

Following recent trends in evidence- and research-based learning, these case studies offer a detailed analysis of specific types of evidence, events and individuals in Roman history. Expanding upon materials from the book, the case studies illustrate how we use evidence to reconstruct the ancient world and encourage students to question the evidence; considering what ‘proof’ it provides. How do we reconstruct the image of Romulus’ hut? How do we prove the Capitoline Bronze Wolf is a fake? Did Caesar want to be King? What is ‘Roman’ in Roman architecture? How did the Roman ‘testudo’ formation work in an ancient battle? How many people were literate in ancient Rome?

There are not always definite answers to these questions. However, the documents and accompanying PowerPoints (in addition to providing further information) illustrate the analytical process and the use of evidence in formulating an argument. Materials from these cases studies have been carefully selected and integrated so that certain concepts, individuals and events are drawn together. In addition to making the material more cohesive, this approach allows students to see how a single event, individual or piece of evidence can inform a number of different discussions.

The website is organised by chapter, and in it you will find:

  • Additional images and discussions on material from the book.
  • Didactic case studies which feature:
  • Research- and evidence-based learning through a thoughtful treatment of specific events, concepts, individuals and material evidence.
  • Word documents (c. 2,000 words) which set out a question, a clear line of argument, and an illustration of how different types of evidence are used (and what each type contributes to the discussion).
  • Accompanying PowerPoint presentations with additional images and labels to illustrate the evidence and the analytical process.
  • Additional reading, including online articles and publications, research projects, video lectures, as well as additional teaching materials.
  • An extended historical timeline.

This website is an invaluable aid for students and also a repository for material that will be useful for instructors teaching a course on Roman civilisation, developing knowledge as well transferable research and analytical skills.