Roman Republic and Empire



Spring 2013

HIEU 2041

Roman Republic and Empire

J. E. Lendon

A survey of the political, social, and institutional growth of the Roman Republic, with close attention given to its downfall and replacement by an imperial form of government; and the subsequent history of that imperial form of government, and of social and economic life in the Roman Empire, up to its own decline and fall.  Readings of ca. 120 pages per week; midterm, final, and one seven-page paper.

Readings will be drawn from the following:

  • Sinnegan and Boak, A History of Rome (text; photocopied)
  • Livy, The Early History of Rome (Penguin)
  • Plutarch, Makers of Rome (Penguin)
  • Suetonius, The Twelve Caesars (Penguin)
  • Tacitus, Annals of Imperial Rome (will decide on edition in November)
  • Apuleius, The Golden Ass (Indiana)
  • R. MacMullen, Roman Social Relations (Yale)
  • and a course packet at Brillig Books on Elliewood Avenue


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