Resources for the Study of Roman History
Texts

Requirements

Cultural Materials

Syllabus

September
October
November
December
Readings
IM chapters 4-6 (to p. 195)
HAR pp. 33-47, 61-146, 233-316: excerpts from Polybius' Histories, Livy's Ab Urbe Condita, Appian's Civil War, Sallust's Catilinarian Conspiracy (complete), Caesar's Commentaries on the Gallic War
Cicero pp. 31-57; 58-100 (excerpts); L&R excerpts (handouts)
Assignments
Chatroom questions
Geography handout
Quizzes & Exams
Geography quiz
Chronology quiz
Identification quiz
Midterm



 
This Day in Ancient History

DATE TOPIC READINGS
1 Path of Empire
Geography handout
(due Oct. 8)
Roman & Carthaginian Empires ca. 265 BC
E. Mediterranean
ca. 240 BC
Republican Rome
IM chap. 4; HAR Livy 5.34-49; LR 1.15
Chatroom Questions (John & Ken, Ellen & Brendan)
4 Rome & Carthage: 1st Punic War
Guide to the War
HAR Polybius 1.6-14; 2.1-2, 7-12; LR 76, 79-80
6 Rome & Carthage: 2nd Punic War (part 1)
Guide to the War
Map of the War
Animated Guide to the War
Animated Guide to Roman Roads
HAR Polybius 3.1, 4, 6-17, 20-30; Livy 21.1-48
8 Rome & Carthage: 2nd Punic War (part 2)
Geography quiz
Geography handout due
HAR Livy 21.52-63; 22.3-7, 44-51; 30.28-37
11 Senatorial Oligarchy, Imperial Administration, Social Changes:
Rome & Mediterranean 202-133 BC
Rome & Mediterranean
202-133 BC (chart)
IM chap. 5 pp. 142-154 and
Group 1: Senatorial Oligarchy
Kat, Jacob, Tim, Caroline, Dylan, Kate, James, Josh
HAR Livy 1.1-9; 33.6-10, 30-33, 38-40; 36.15-19; 38.37-38; 39.51; 45.12, 20-25
Question: What did Rome learn from her interactions with Mediterranean powers between 284 and 133 BC? How did the state adapt to the changing geo-political conditions of the day? (chatroom: Tim)
Group 2: Imperial Administration
Nick, John, Ellen, Brendan, Kristina, Dusty, Bryce
HAR Polybius 6.1-9, 11-18, 56-57; LR 1.146, 155, 165, 166, 170, 186
Question: What was the nature of political campaigns? What attracted eligible men to run for office? How have the ideals of the early Republic changed by this period? (chatroom: Dusty)
Group 3: Social Changes
Tom, Ken, Graham, Leah, Sara, Peter, Dana, Justin, Mark
HAR Livy 34.1-8; LR 1.94-5, 168, 175-6, 178, 185, 191
Question: What social threats did some perceive could wreak havoc upon the Roman state? Were the responses by Rome appropriate? adequate? What elements of Roman society did the state attempt to preserve? (chatroom: Sara)
13-15 Gracchi: The Players
Gracchi Family Tree
Economic Change in 133 BC
IM chap. 5 pp. 154-161; HAR Appian 1.1-26; LR 1.96-98, 101-102
18 122-95BC & Marius
95-63BC & Sulla
Chronology Quiz
IM chap. 5 pp. 161-171; LR 1.81, 83, 103-104
20 The Gravediggers of the Republic IM chap. 6 pp. 172-187; Cicero Against Verres I
22 Study Day --none--
25 The Catilinarian Conspiracy: A Case Study
M. Tullius Cicero's resume
Identification Quiz
HAR Sallust Catilinarian Conspiracy; Cicero First Oration Against Catiline
27 Cicero: Duty & Responsibility Cicero On Duties
29 Midterm --none--

 
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