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
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
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
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
From Warlord to Restorer of Golden Age
MID-TERM EXAMINATION (October 19)
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."
"Foundation Legends: Aeneas, Romulus and the Creation
of an Augustan Roman Identity."
Sports: The Gladiatorial Games."
Lecture Twenty-Four: "Ideal and Social Realities: Women in the Roman
Julio-Claudian Dynasty and Its Demise."
"Civil War and
the Establishment of the Flavian Dynasty."
"The Five Good Emperors and the Pax Romana."
"Tacitus and the Ideology of the
"Tacitean Oppositions: Romans and Aliens,
Culture and Barbarism, Slavery and Freedom."
"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'."
"The Jewish Revolt and the Destruction
"Roman Persecutions of Christians."
Lecture Thirty-Five: "Third Century CE Crises and Diocletian's Tetrarchy."
"Christianity at the Crossroads: Constantine the Great and the New State Religion."
Significance of Rome in World History and Some Modern Ideas on the End of the
Short Paper Due (Last Day of Class)
Review for Final Examination
Tuesday, December 15 from 7:15-9:15 PM in HL 114