Focues on Rome's wars with Carthage in the third century B.C. and surrounding events: the nature of socio-political reasoning behind Roman warfare; broader Roman foreign policy; the political, social and economic results of the Punic Wars; and the impact of the wars on later Roman thought. Offered: S.
Topic: The Punic Wars This course covers Rome's two great wars against Carthage (264-241, 218-202 B.C.). Special emphasis will be placed on the nature and conduct of Roman warfare in the middle Republic, the political circumstances surrounding the Punic Wars, their role in the development of Roman imperialism, and their cultural and intellectual reception in later ages.
Four lectures per week, and a fifth day of topical discussion.
Some background in general Roman History (e.g., HIST 111) will be useful, but by no means required. There is no prerequisite for this course.
Class Assignments and Grading
Coursework will consist of approximately 50-100 pages of reading per week in both primary and secondary source material; one paper of 6-8 pages; one mid-term and one final exam (not cumulative).
The two exams will each constitute 30% of the final grade; the paper 30%; participation in weekly discussions 10%.