21H.302 The Ancient World: Rome

Spring 2005

Image of the Colosseum, Rome, Italy.
The Colosseum. Rome, Italy. (Image courtesy of Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division [reproduction number, LC-USZ62-104882 (b&w film copy neg.)]

Course Highlights

This course features an extensive reading list. This course also features archived syllabi from various semesters.

Course Description

This course elaborates the history of Rome from its humble beginnings to the fifth century A.D. The first half of the course covers Kingship to Republican form; the conquest of Italy; Roman expansion: Pyrrhus, Punic Wars and provinces; classes, courts, and the Roman revolution; Augustus and the formation of empire. The second half of the course covers Virgil to the Vandals; major social, economic, political and religious trends at Rome and in the provinces. Emphasis is placed on the use of primary sources in translation.
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Prof. William Broadhead

Course Meeting Times

Three sessions / week
1 hour / session