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Roman Civilisation

Code: 104213 ECTS Credits: 6
Degree Type Year Semester
2503702 Ancient Studies OB 3 1
The proposed teaching and assessment methodology that appear in the guide may be subject to changes as a result of the restrictions to face-to-face class attendance imposed by the health authorities.


Sebastià Giralt Soler

Use of Languages

Principal working language:
catalan (cat)
Some groups entirely in English:
Some groups entirely in Catalan:
Some groups entirely in Spanish:

Other comments on languages

Students must be willing to follow classes taught in Catalan and use written material in this language, but they can use in their work or their participation Spanish (or another close language).


Sandra Cano Aguilera


NOTICE: This guide has been translated into English by means of an automatic translator and may contain translation mistakes. If in doubt, the original Catalan version prevails.

No knowledge of Latin or the history of Rome is required when taking this subject, although it may be advisable to have a certain degree.

Objectives and Contextualisation

This course aims to bring students closer to the knowledge of Roman civilization in a broad sense, including mentality, private life, religion, politics, and so on, often from historical, legal, private or literary texts by Greek and Roman authors, as well as inscriptions or other archaeological remains. Original sources will be presented in a bilingual version.


  • Students must develop the necessary learning skills to undertake further training with a high degree of autonomy.
  • Understand and interpret the evolution of ancient societies in the Mediterranean – from Egyptian civilisation to the disbanding of Western imperial Rome – through analysis of the political, historical, social, economic and linguistic factors.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Autonomously searching, selecting and processing information both from structured sources (databases, bibliographies, specialized magazines) and from across the network.
  2. Critically analyse ancient sources.
  3. Describe salient features of the Greco-Roman civilisation in detail.
  4. Identify and assess the main cultural and civilising achievements of the Roman world.


  1. Introduction
  2. The society
  3. The political system
  4. Justice and law
  5. Religion and beliefs
  6. The family
  7. Sexuality
  8. Leisure
  9. The sciences


The activities developed by the student will be developed as follows:
  • two written exams.
  • a written essay (based on the guidance provided by the teacher) and a presentation.

Annotation: Within the schedule set by the centre or degree programme, 15 minutes of one class will be reserved for students to evaluate their lecturers and their courses or modules through questionnaires.


Title Hours ECTS Learning Outcomes
Type: Directed      
Classes (teacher's lessons, text comentary, students discussion) 35 1.4 2, 3, 4
Exams 3 0.12 2, 3, 4
Expositions 7 0.28 2, 1, 3
Visits 5 0.2 3, 4
Type: Supervised      
Essay 45 1.8 2, 1, 3
Type: Autonomous      
Personal study 40 1.6 2, 3, 4
Students expositions (preparation) 15 0.6 2, 1, 3


Evaluation criteria

  • The evaluation of the subject will be based on the following evidence:
  1. Two written exams (30% + 30%),
  2. An essay (based on the guidance offered by the teacher) and a presentation (30%).
  3. Participation in learning activities (10%).
  • Failure to present the course essay and the presentation will prevent passing the course.
  • Recovery will consist of a written examination and, where appropriate, reworking of the essay.
  • With the recovery it will only be possible to recover the note of the examination and, in his case, of the essay, if they have suspended or if they have not been able to realize by a justified cause with an official document. Recovering another activity not performed at the time will only be possible for a reason that can be justified with an official document.
  • In the event that the student commits any irregularity that may lead to a significant variation in the grade of an assessment act, such as plagiarism or other illicit means, this assessment act will be graded with 0, regardless of the process. disciplinary that can be instructed. In the event of several irregularities in the assessment acts of the same subject, the final grade for this subject will be 0.
  • A date for an assessment activity can only be changed if the student’s absenceor non-delivery of the activity can be justified with an official document.
  • The review of exams and other activities will be carried out with the teacher on the date and time determined by him and communicated to all students.
  • The rating of Non-Evaluable will only be given if these three conditions are met:
  1. the student does not submit any assessment activity,
  2. the student does not appear on the exam.


  • School period: from 15 September to 13 January.
  • Exams: second week of November and second week of January.
  • Deadline for submission of the essay: Friday 28 October.
  • Delivery of the essay: until Friday 16 Dicember.

Notice: Dates on this calendar are subject to change for justified reasons.

Assessment Activities

Title Weighting Hours ECTS Learning Outcomes
Essay and exposition 30 0 0 2, 1, 3
Exam 1 30 0 0 2, 3, 4
Exam 2 30 0 0 2, 3, 4
Participation in learning activities 10 0 0 2, 3, 4



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    • Géza Alföldy, Nueva Historia social de Roma, Sevilla, Universidad de Sevilla, 2012.
    • David Álvarez Jiménez, Panem et circenses. Una historia de Roma a través del circo, Madrid, Alianza Editorial, 2018.
    • Francisco J. Andrés Santos, Roma. Instituciones e ideologías políticas durante la República y el Imperio, Madrid, Tecnos, 2015.
    • Mary Beard, SPQR. Una historia de la Antigua Roma, Barcelona, Crítica, 2016.
    • Mary Beard - John North - Simon Price, Religions of Rome, 2 vols., Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1998.
    • Stanley F. Bonner, La educación en la Roma antigua, Barcelona, Herder, 1984.
    • Keith Bradley, Esclavitud y sociedad en Roma, Barcelona, Península, 1998.
    • Peter Brown et alii, Historia de la vida privada. Vol. 1: Del Imperio romano al año mil, Madrid, Taurus,2003.
    • Eva Cantarella, La mujer romana, Santiago de Compostela, Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, 1991.
    • Eva Cantarella, Pasado próximo: mujeres romanas de Tácita a Sulpicia, Madrid, Cátedra, 1997.
    • Eva Cantarella, Instituciones e Historia del Derecho Romano. Maiores in Legibus, València, Tirant lo Blanch, 2017. Online UAB.
    • Alexandra T. Croom, Roman clothing and fashion, Stroud (Gloucestershire), Tempus, 2000.
    • Georges Duby - Michelle Perrot,Historia de las mujeres. Vol. 1: La antigüedad, Madrid, Taurus, 2000.
    • Peter Garnsey - Richard Saller, El Imperio Romano: economía, sociedad y cultura, Barcelona, Crítica, 1990.
    • Andrea Giardina et al., El hombre romano, Madrid, Alianza Editorial, 1991.
    • Patricia González Gutiérrez, Soror. Mujeres en Roma, Madrid, Despertaferro, 2021.
    • Carmen González Vázquez, Diccionario Akal del teatro latino. Léxico, dramaturgia, escenografía, Madrid, Akal, 2014.
    • Danielle Gourevitch - Marie-Therese Raepsaet-Charlier, La femme dans la Rome antique, París, Hachette, 2001.
    • Pierre Grimal, La civilización romana. Vida, costumbres, leyes, artes, Barcelona, Paidós, 1999.
    • Pierre Grimal, El amor en la Roma antigua, Barcelona, Paidós, 2000.
    • José Guillén, Urbs Roma. Vida y costumbres de los romanos, vol. I. La vida privada; vol. 2. La vida pública; vol.3. Religión y ejército; vol. 4. Constitución y desarrollo de la sociedad, Salamanca, Sígueme, 1997-2000.
    • Georges Hacquard, Guía de la Roma antigua, Madrid, Centro de Lingüística Aplicada Atenea, 2000.
    • Robert C. Knapp, Los olvidados de Roma: Prostitutas, forajidos, esclavos, gladiadores y gente corriente, Barcelona, Arial, 2018 (1a ed. 2011).
    • Alain Malissard, Los romanos y el agua, Barcelona, Herder, 1996.
    • Alfonso Mañas, Gladiadores: el gran espectáculo de Roma, Barcelona, Planeta, 2013.
    • María Engracia Muñoz-Santos, Gladiadores, fieras, carros y otros espectáculos en la antigua Roma, Madrid, Síntesis, 2022.
    • JavierNavarro, Así se gobernó Roma, Madrid, Rialp, 2017.
    • Jean Prieur, La mort dans l'Antiquité romaine, París, Ouest-France, 1984 < https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k3322170g >.
    • Géraldine Puccini-Delbey, La vie sexuelle à Rome, París, Tallandier, 2010.
    • Beryl Rawson, Marriage, Divorce, and Children in Ancient Rome, Canberra: Humanities Research Centre - Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1991.
    • Jean-Nöel Robert, Eros romano. Sexo y moral en la Roma antigua, Madrid, Editorial Complutense, 1999.
    • Jean Rouge, Les institutions romaines, París, Armand Colin, 1969.
    • rg Rüpke, A companion to Roman religion, Londres, Blackwell, 2007. online (UAB)
    • Jörg Rüpke, Panteón. Una nueva historia de la religión romana, Madrid, Akal, 2021.
    • John Scheid, La religión en Roma, Madrid, Ediciones Clásicas, 1991.
    • Jerry Toner, Sesenta millones de romanos: La cultura del pueblo en la antigua Roma, Barcelona, Crítica, 2020 (1a ed. 2012).


  • Joan Carbonell (ed.), Manual per a unes eleccions: textos antics per a un fet actual; Lleis municipals, grafits electorals pompeians, Barcelona, La Magrana, 1996.
  • Pere Villalba, Roma a través dels historiadors clàssics, Bellaterra, Servei de Publicacions de la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 1996.


  • Brill's New Pauly: encyclopaedia of the ancient world, 2 vols., Leiden, Brill, 2002-. online (UAB)
  • Charles Daremberg - Edmond Saglio, Dictionnaire des Antiquités Grecques et Romaines, París, Hachette, 1877-1919, < http://dagr.univ-tlse2.fr >.
  • Franco Ferrari et al., Dizionario della civiltà classica, Milà, Rizzoli, 1993.
  • Simon Hornblower - Anthony Spawforth, The Oxford Classical Dictionary, Oxford, University Press, 1996.
  • M.C. Howatson, Diccionario de la literatura clásica, Madrid, Alianza Editorial, 1991.