The Ancient Roman World

This semester-length course considers one of the most famous Empires in History, the Roman Empire. We begin with a study of the Julio-Claudian Emperors, focusing on the nature of their power and the political, social, cultural and economic aspects of first century Rome. Students will evaluate the role of historical individuals and groups in shaping the past and will make comparisons between the Roman emperors and modern leaders. We subsequently turn our attention to study the town of Pompeii which was covered in five metres of ash and pumice after a volcanic eruption in 79CE. Students will examine the archaeological evidence of everyday life in Pompeii before the volcanic eruption to understand the nature of the society. As Pompeii is one of the best preserved and most widely visited archaeological sites in the world, we will also evaluate the work of archaeologists to uncover the remains of the town and explore issues relating to the reconstruction and conservation of the past. Students will have the opportunity during the course to engage in a historical project of their designing which encourages the development of their research, communication and presentation skills.

This course is an excellent preparation for those students wishing to study Classical Studies in Years 11 and 12, and also supports students in further developing the historical and critical thinking skills relevant to further study of History and Global Politics and which are invaluable for tertiary study and future careers.

1. Coursework 25%
2. Class tests 25%
3. Research project 20%
4. Examination 30%


Group 3 - History
Year 11 and 12 - IB

Year 11 and 12 - VCE

Global Politics
Year 12 - VCE

Classical Studies
Year 11 and 12 - VCE

History (Australian Curriculum)
Timbertop - Year 9

Middle School - Years 5 to 8