Sandra R. Joshel
Political, social, economic, and cultural history, with emphasis on the development of the constitution and territorial expansions.
The course examines the history of the Roman Republic Rome from Rome's wars with Carthage to the death of Julius Caesar in 44 BCE. After a survey of Roman society, we shall study Rome's first two wars with Carthage, the advent of empire in the second century BCE, and empire's social, economic, and cultural effects. The final weeks of the course focus on the Late Republic and consider the land-army problem, the plight of those dispossessed by political struggles, civil war, and the question of decadence.
Student learning goals
Knowledge of Roman history from the mid-third to mid first centuries BCE
Understanding of the complexities of Roman imperialism
Sophistication in reading ancient Roman sources
General method of instruction
Lecture and discussion
Class assignments and grading
Short exam; mid term exam, final exam, essay