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Art and Architecture through Roman Eyes

  • Qualification:

    Undergraduate unit

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  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available
    FEE-HELP may be available

  • Duration:

    13 weeks

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  • Awarded by:

    Macquarie University

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Course Unit
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What you'll learn

About this unit

Macquarie University and Open Universities Australia offer this online undergraduate unit in Art and Architecture through Roman Eyes for ancient history buffs and art lovers, alike. The unit introduces students to Roman architectural and artistic traditions and history, covering everything from the late republic to the early imperial period.

Students will learn about Rome's development by analysing an extensive variety of ancient works (for example, monuments, paintings and coins) and texts, with a particular focus on the relationship between architecture, art, society and politics. Students on this course are assessed through two assignments (worth 25% of the final grade each), an essay (worth 40%), and an online discussion (worth 10%).

Please note that this course contains some mature content, including sexual references, nudity and adult themes, so it may be unsuitable for certain students. Anyone under 16 years old who would like to complete this unit needs to fill out a parental consent form first.




There are no prerequisites for this unit, however it is recommended that applicants have completed the Fall of the Roman Republic unit or have equivalent knowledge. This unit is also taught with the presumption that students have completed at least one Level 1 Ancient History unit.

Course pathways

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

  • Bachelor of Arts, Griffith University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Macquarie University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

Areas of study

In this art and ancient history unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Italy before the Romans: art and architecture of the Greeks and Etruscans
  • The development of the city of Rome: Republican Rome I and monumental structures
  • Republican Rome II: portraiture
  • Republican Rome III: private buildings
  • Republican Rome IV: buildings for entertainment and leisure
  • Republican Rome V: artistic traditions
  • Augustan Rome I: the imperial capital of Augustus
  • Augustan Rome II: monumental structures
  • Augustan Rome III: the image of Augustus
  • Imperial art and architecture in the Provinces
  • Imperial art and architecture from the Flavians to the Severans
  • Julio-Claudian art and architecture I: monumental structures
  • Julio-Claudian art and architecture II: portraiture
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Career outcomes

This undergraduate unit in Art and Architecture through Roman Eyes will give students a well rounded view of the development of architecture and art through Roman times, and how such artefacts and relics of the Roman Empire are reflective of the societal, cultural and political issues of the time.

Students could use this knowledge to pursue further study in the field of ancient history or art history. Students will also gain practical skills in research (using both digital and paper resources), analysis, debate, and writing academic papers. All these skills can be utilised in further study across a range of subjects, and in a professional work environment.

Payment options & support

Finance options

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees. Find out more about government study loans here.

You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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