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AHIX8221 – Caravan Cities

2021 – Session 1, Fully online/virtual

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Peter Edwell
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to MAncHist (OUA) or GradCertAncHist (OUA)
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

The unit aims to combine archaeology with history in the study of a number of key cities of the Roman Near East. The Silk Road and the Frankincense Road brought great prosperity to a number of cities of the Roman East, especially Petra, Palmyra and Dura Europos. Much of the history of these cities is written from a combination of archaeological reports and literary sources. Students will be given the opportunity to learn how to evaluate archaeological evidence against extant literary sources and also to study the architectural history of the Roman Near East.and how their histories aligned with the growth of long-distance trade through the area. The Silk Roads and the Frankincense Road brought great prosperity to a number of cities of the Roman East, especially Petra, Palmyra and Dura Europos. Much of the history of these cities is written from a combination of archaeological reports and literary sources. Students will be given the opportunity to learn how to evaluate archaeological evidence against extant literary sources and also to study the architectural history of the Roman Near East.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Analyse and express judgement about the development of trade in the Roman Near East and specific features of the main cities involved in this trade in oral and written form.
  • ULO2: Interpret written and archaeological evidence and express appreciation and understanding of their context and modern interpretations of them.
  • ULO3: Work with and respond to the views of staff and other students in the unit in both oral and written form
  • ULO4: Demonstrate the ability to draw together and judge pre-selected and self-located evidence to provide an analysis of trade in the Roman Near East and an important element of the cities involved in this trade.

General Assessment Information

Late Submission Penalty: Written Assessments: Unless a Special Consideration request has been submitted and approved, (a) a penalty for lateness will apply - two (2) marks out of 100 will be deducted per day for assignments submitted after the due date - and (b) no assignment will be accepted more than seven (7) days (incl. weekends) after the original submission deadline. No late submissions will be accepted for timed assessments - e.g. quizzes, online tests.

Discussion paper/Short Essay (1,500 words)

Due: 5pm, Friday 9 April Weighting: 20%

Choose only one of the three questions below.

  1. What are the important categories of evidence for the involvement of Dura Europos in long-distance (caravan) trade? Discuss the problems of identifying and interpreting archaeological evidence for long-distance and local trade with reference to Dura.
  2. What are the important categories of evidence for the involvement of Palmyra in long-distance (caravan) trade? Discuss the problems of identifying and interpreting archaeological evidence for long-distance and local trade with reference to Palmyra.
  3. What are the important categories of evidence for the involvement of Petra in long-distance (caravan) trade? Discuss the problems of identifying and interpreting archaeological evidence for long-distance and local trade with reference to Petra.

Major Essay (3000 words)

Due: 5pm, Friday 4 June. Weighting: 50%

What role did long-distance trade play in the ancient Roman economy? To what extent was local, regional and long-distance trade a feature of Dura Europos, Palmyra and Petra in the Hellenistic and/or Roman periods? 

Blog article

Due: 30 April Weighting: 10%

A weblog (blog) focusing on the impact of the war in Syria on ancient archaeological sites, especially Palmyra and Dura Europos. More information will be provided on this topic in week 1 of the unit. 

Contributions to online discussions

Due: Weekly Weighting: 20%

Students are expected to actively participate in online discussions which will be prompted by the unit convenor during the semester.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Research Essay 50% No 04/06/2021
Weekly written contributions to online discussions. 20% No Weeks 2-13
Discussion paper 20% No 09/04/2021
Blog 10% No 30/04/2021

Research Essay

Assessment Type 1: Essay
Indicative Time on Task 2: 50 hours
Due: 04/06/2021
Weighting: 50%

 

3,000 word research essay focussing a broad question related to the material covered across the entire unit.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Analyse and express judgement about the development of trade in the Roman Near East and specific features of the main cities involved in this trade in oral and written form.
  • Interpret written and archaeological evidence and express appreciation and understanding of their context and modern interpretations of them.
  • Work with and respond to the views of staff and other students in the unit in both oral and written form
  • Demonstrate the ability to draw together and judge pre-selected and self-located evidence to provide an analysis of trade in the Roman Near East and an important element of the cities involved in this trade.

Weekly written contributions to online discussions.

Assessment Type 1: Participatory task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 20 hours
Due: Weeks 2-13
Weighting: 20%

 

Weekly written contributions to online discussions.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Analyse and express judgement about the development of trade in the Roman Near East and specific features of the main cities involved in this trade in oral and written form.

Discussion paper

Assessment Type 1: Essay
Indicative Time on Task 2: 20 hours
Due: 09/04/2021
Weighting: 20%

 

1,500 word essay from a selection of questions.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Analyse and express judgement about the development of trade in the Roman Near East and specific features of the main cities involved in this trade in oral and written form.
  • Interpret written and archaeological evidence and express appreciation and understanding of their context and modern interpretations of them.
  • Work with and respond to the views of staff and other students in the unit in both oral and written form
  • Demonstrate the ability to draw together and judge pre-selected and self-located evidence to provide an analysis of trade in the Roman Near East and an important element of the cities involved in this trade.

Blog

Assessment Type 1: Non-academic writing
Indicative Time on Task 2: 15 hours
Due: 30/04/2021
Weighting: 10%

 

A blog focusing on the impact of modern human activity on ancient archaeological sites.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Interpret written and archaeological evidence and express appreciation and understanding of their context and modern interpretations of them.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

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Recorded lectures are available via Echo 360 on the unit i-learn page.

Unit Schedule

See schedule in Bibliography and unit resources file on i-learn page.

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