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This free course, The Roman Empire: Introducing some key terms, will define basic concepts and terms that are essential for an understanding of the culture and identity of the Roman Empire. Terms such as 'Roman Empire' and 'imperium' will be introduced in the context of the formation and expansion of the empire, and the course will provide you with the background for further study of the Roman Empire.
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- understand the terminology associated with the culture, identity and power relevant to the Roman Empire, as treated both in ancient sources and modern scholarship and presentation.
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The Roman Empire: introducing some key terms
This course introduces key terms that are essential for understanding the Classical Roman world.
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This free course includes adapted extracts from an Open University course which is no longer available to new students. If you found this interesting you could explore more free Social & Economic History courses or view the range of currently available OU Social & Economic History courses.
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Originally published: Wednesday, 20th January 2016
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