After the eleven plus and Grammar School I went to Liverpool University from 1963 to 1966 to study Engineering but never sat my finals. After various jobs and a career in the computer industry I retired in 1999.
In 2006 I started to dabble in OU courses to keep my brain active without any real intention of taking a degree.
I decided to attend the OU summer school in Caen to polish my French language skills and with my science background I took what I thought would be easy short courses: S197 ‘How the Universe works’ and MST121 ‘Using mathematics’. I could not have been more wrong; there are no ‘easy’ courses at the OU!
I had an amazing history teacher at school and having always been attracted to the history of the Roman period and early Christianity as well as WW1 so I decided on an open degree since none of the pure history degrees matched my interests.
I studied the following modules:
A103 ‘An introduction to the humanities’
A217 ‘Introducing religions’
A297 ‘Reading classical Latin’
AA309 ‘Culture, identity and power in the Roman empire’
AA307 ‘Religion in history: conflict, conversion and coexistence’
AA312 ‘Total war and social change: Europe 1914-1955’.
In 2012 I was awarded an upper second class open BA degree.
I decided to take a full time MA and obtained a place at Durham University in the Faculty of Theology and Religion in 2013 which allowed me to pursue my interest in Judaism, early Christianity and the Roman Empire from a religious and historical perspective.
I gained an MA with merit in 2015 with a dissertation on the political triggers that contributed to the separation of Christianity from Judaism in the 1st century AD.
For interest in 2016 I studied A340 ‘The Roman Empire’ and entered an essay for the Kassman prize which was awarded joint 2nd place.
I am currently trying to find a suitable topic for a possible doctoral study.
David Coplowe BA Hons, MA
Articles from David
A series of short articles on the Roman Empire.
Roman Attitudes to Jews and Christians in the 1st Century AD
Off with their heads! Christian “tax dodgers” face death sentence in Rome!
Did Romans worship British gods?