Introduction to the Roman Empire Diploma Course

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What Will You Learn?

No other culture has affected the development of the modern world quite as much as the Romans. Their empire, which stretched over four centuries, gave us concrete, roads, the calendar, stunning architecture, an arts and literary culture from which much of our understanding of the world has grown, and so much more.

But why were they so successful? How did they excel militarily, politically and culturally in a way that allowed them to dominate Europe and so much of the middle eastern world? And what, in the end, caused it all to tumble and fall?

With 11 modules, each dedicated to a specific area of the Roman Empire, these are some of the questions answered in the Introduction to the Roman Empire Diploma Course. We’ll examine the evolution of this empire from republic to dominant European power. You will learn about the Roman rulers, some who expanded the empire in profound ways; others who abused their privilege of leadership quite horrifically.

As part of your studies, you will also review what it was like to live in these extraordinary times, exploring the culture, the law and the day-to-day life of men and women under Roman rule.

By studying this course, you will:

  • Gain a firm foundational knowledge of the history of the Roman Empire
  • Understand the Roman Empire’s importance to modern life
  • Know of Julius Caesar’s significance to the founding of the Roman Empire
  • Be aware of how the Roman Empire expanded
  • Know more about ordinary life during Roman times
  • Understand why the military was key to Roman imperial success
  • Be familiar with the most significant and famous Roman emperors, poets and writers
  • Be aware of the imperial Roman’s major architectural and engineering advancements
Collage of images of the Roman empire

Course Syllabus

What will I learn on the course?

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  • Introduction
  • Part 1: The Origins of Rome
  • Part 2: Wars and Slavery
  • Part 3: The End of the Republic
  • Module 1 Assessment
  • Part 1: The Early Life of Julius Caesar
  • Part 2: Caesar in Gaul
  • Part 3: After Gaul
  • Part 4: Caesar as Dictator
  • Module 2 Assessment
  • Part 1: New Emperor, New Title, New Rule
  • Part 2: The Second Emperor of Rome – Tiberius
  • Part 3: Moving Towards Imperial Autocracy and the Death of Tiberius
  • Module 3 Assessment
  • Part 1: The Third Roman Emperor – Caligula
  • Part 2: The Fourth Emperor – Claudius
  • Part 3: The Fifth Emperor – Nero
  • Part 4: The Great Fire of Rome
  • Module 4 Assessment
  • Part 1: The Social Structure of the Roman Empire
  • Part 2: The Family and Male and Female Roles
  • Part 3: The Life of Roman Slaves
  • Part 4: Clothing in Ancient Rome
  • Part 5: Roman Pastimes
  • Part 6: Religion
  • Module 5 Assessment
  • Part 1: The Legions of the Imperial Army
  • Part 2: Weapons and Armour
  • Part 3: The Pros and Cons of Being a Legionary
  • Part 4: Imperial Control of the Army
  • Module 6 Assessment
  • Part 1: Galba: In the Shadow of Nero – June 68–January 69 CE
  • Part 2: Otho: Emperor for a Season – 15 January–16 April 69 CE
  • Part 3: Vitellius: A Gluttonous, Gambling Emperor – 16 April–22 December 69 CE
  • Part 4: Vespasian: 10 Years of Peace – Dec 69-June 79 CE
  • Module 7 Assessment
  • Part 1: Emperor Nerva (Reigned 96–98 CE)
  • Part 2: Emperor Trajan (Reigned 98–117 CE)
  • Part 3: Emperor Hadrian (Reigned 117–138 CE)
  • Part 4: Emperor Antonius Pius (Reigned 138–161 CE)
  • Part 5: Emperor Marcus Aurelius (Reigned 161–180 CE)
  • Module 8 Assessment
  • Part 1: Poetry and the “Golden Age” of Augustus
  • Part 2: The Art of Oratory
  • Part 3: Roman Art and Sculpture
  • Part 4: Key Roman Structures
  • Module 9 Assessment
  • Part 1: A Background to the Fall: The Splitting of the Empire
  • Part 2: Barbarian Invasions and the Economy
  • Part 3: The Decline of the Military
  • Part 4: The Rise of Christianity
  • Module 10 Assessment
  • Part 1: Government and the Julian Calendar
  • Part 2: Language and Literature
  • Part 3: Architecture, Engineering and Construction
  • Part 4: Education and Religion
  • Conclusion
  • Module 11 Assessment
Who Would Benefit from This Course?

The Introduction to the Roman Empire Diploma Course will be of interest to anyone who is fascinated by this incredible period of history and how the people of the time lived and shaped it – from the men who took the imperial Roman seat of power and artisans and engineers who advanced culture and technology to the common folk and how they lived.

It will also provide you with a greater understanding of the lasting contributions the Roman Empire gave to the world that can still be seen today in the forms of technology, education and art.

A Roman soldier

The Introduction to the Roman Empire Diploma Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete, working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace.

This is a Level 3 course and will give you 150 CPD (Continued Professional Development) points.

Upon completion of your course assessments, you receive 2 certificates. A certificate from the Centre of Excellence and a CPD certificate displaying the number of CPD points earned from the course.

Upon successful completion of this course, learners can also receive a certificate of achievement from ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary, which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course. (This certificate is optional and costs an additional £15).

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government. It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high-quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries.

This course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme.

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Introduction to the Roman Empire Diploma Course
Introduction to the Roman Empire Diploma Course
Introduction to the Roman Empire Diploma Course
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