History 804
First-Year Graduate Seminar
Spring 2003: Roman Imperialism

An introduction to key historical problems and themes in the study of ancient Roman imperialism, leading to an original research paper of 20-25 pages. Weeks 1-6: overview of Roman history; reports on assigned readings; proposal of research topic.  Weeks 7-11: independent research on paper.  Weeks 12-15: presentations of research.

Books to Buy (Follett's Orange Bookstore)

Michael W. Doyle, Empires (Ithaca and London, 1986)
John Rich and Graham Shipley, eds., War and Society in the Roman World (London and New York, 1993)

Course Reader (HST 804) in Campus Copy Center

Part One (Weeks 1-6, January 15-February 19)

Week One: Roman Origins
Read Doyle, Empires

Week Two: Consolidation of Italy
Reader, Chapter One ("Imperial Motivations")

Week Three: Punic Wars
Reader, Chapter Two ("Political, Social, and Economic Consequences of Empire")

Week Four: Rome and the Greek East
Reader, Chapter Three ("Ideologies of Empire")

Week Five: Roman Civil Wars
Reader, Chapter Four (" 'Romanization': Cultural Assimilation, Hybridization, and Resistance")

Week Six: The Principate and Stabilization
Reader, Chapter Five ("The Frontier: Imperial Strategy and Defense of Empire")

Part Two (Weeks 7-11, February 26-April 2)
Independent Research and Writing of Research paper
Read:
John Rich and Graham Shipley, eds., War and Society in the Roman World (London and New York, 1993) [on back-order at Follett's)
Click Here for Suggested Topics and Bibliographies

Part Three (Weeks 12-15, April 9-April 23)
In-class presentations of research