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The Roman empire reached its greatest extent in the first and second centuries AD, when at the height of its power it governed territories from Syria to Spain, and from Scotland to the Sahara desert. This module focuses on the nature of Roman government and society in the imperial period, looking closely both at those who exercised Roman power and authority and those who experienced it or who set out to oppose it. The module, however, seeks to move beyond simplistic models of rulers and ruled, or of
‘imperialism’ and ‘Romanisation’; instead it makes use of a diverse range of sources from across the empire as a way of identifying the exercise of social, economic and political power at multiple levels of Roman society and in even the farthest reaches of the Roman world.