Introduction: Course Description--Syllabus (electronic), Lectures (Powerpoint), Readings, Course Requirements, Paper, Quizzes and Examinations

Lecture One: Reflections on Evidence for Early Rome

Lecture Two: Regal Period and Foundations of Repubic

Lecture Three: Roman Historiographical Traditions and Early Rome: Fact or Fiction?

Lecture Four: Roman Statecraft and Roman Religion 

Lecture Five: Struggle of the Orders (and Roman Political Offices)

Lecture Six: Patricians and Plebeians, Patrons and Clients in Early Republican Rome

Lecture Seven: Latin League and Unification of Italy

Lecture Eight: Imperial Preparations: Pyrrhic and First Punic Wars

Lecture Nine: Hannibal at the Gates: Second Punic War and Contest for Mediterranean Supremacy

Lecture Ten: Polybius on the Roman Republican Constitution

Lecture Eleven: Nature of Roman Imperialism

Lecture Twelve: Hellenistic World and Coming of Rome

Lecture Thirteen: Consequences of Empire: Economy and Society

Lecture Fourteen: Military Recruitment Crises and Gracchan Revolution

Lecture Fifteen: First Warlords: Marius and Sulla

First Map Quiz (October 16)
Lecture Sixteen: Publicans and Sinners

Lecture Seventeen: Rise and Fall of Julius Caesar

Lecture Eighteen: From Warlord to Restorer of Golden Age


Lecture Nineteen: "Augustus and Roman Imperial Policy."

Lecture Twenty: "Mixed Signals: The Ara Pacis and the Prima Porta Statue."

Lecture Twenty-One: "Forum and Villa: Augustan Ideology and the Private Sphere."

Lecture Twenty-Two: "Foundation Legends: Aeneas, Romulus and the Creation of an Augustan Roman Identity."

Lecture Twenty-Three: "Cruel Sports: The Gladiatorial Games."

Lecture Twenty-Four: "Ideal and Social Realities: Women in the Roman World."

Lecture Twenty-Five: "The Julio-Claudian Dynasty and Its Demise."

Lecture Twenty-Six: "Civil War and the Establishment of the Flavian Dynasty."

Lecture Twenty-Seven: "The Five Good Emperors and the Pax Romana."

Lecture Twenty-Eight: "Tacitus and the Ideology of the Principate."

Lecture Twenty-Nine: "Tacitean Oppositions: Romans and Aliens, Culture and Barbarism, Slavery and Freedom."

Lecture Thirty: "Fluid Boundaries and a Spectrum of Statuses: Masters and Slaves."

Lecture Thirty-One: "Roman Government and Economy in the High Empire."
Second Map Quiz (November 20)
Lecture Thirty-Two: "Center and Periphery: The Problem of 'Romanization'."

Lecture Thirty-Three: "The Jewish Revolt and the Destruction of Jerusalem."

Lecture Thirty-Four: "Roman Persecutions of Christians." 

Lecture Thirty-Five: "Third Century CE Crises and Diocletian's Tetrarchy."

Lecture Thirty-Six: "Christianity at the Crossroads: Constantine the Great and the New State Religion."

Lecture Thirty-Seven: "The Significance of Rome in World History and Some Modern Ideas on the End of the Roman Empire."

Short Paper Due (Last Day of Class)
Review for Final Examination

December 15 from 7:15-9:15 PM in HL 114