Roman Republic and Empire

Spring 2014

HIEU 2041

Roman Republic and Empire

Kelly Shannon

This course covers the history of Rome from its founding to its fall. We will study the political, social, and institutional growth of the Roman Republic, with special attention given to its downfall and replacement by an imperial form of government. We will then examine the subsequent history of imperial Rome, including both political developments and aspects of social and economic life in the Roman Empire, until its own decline and fall.

Readings ca. 120 pages per week. There will be one midterm exam, a final exam, and a seven-page paper.

Readings will include:

  • Sinnegan and Boak, A History of Rome to AD 565 (text; available as a xeroxed packet)
  • Livy, The Early History of Rome (Penguin
  • Tacitus, The Annals (Hackett)
  • Plutarch, Makers of Rome (Penguin)
  • Suetonius, Lives of the Caesars (Oxford)
  • Apuleius, The Golden Ass (Indiana)
  • R. MacMullen, Roman Social Relations (Yale)
  • a xeroxed course packet


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