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HI205 The Rise of Rome: Schedule
MWF 1.25-2.20, TLC201

Prof. Michael Arnush Ladd 209 x5462
marnush@skidmore.edu Office hours: M 11.15-12.10 Th 1-2
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Day

Date

Topic

Readings

JANUARY

M

24

Introduction: syllabus, history

W

26

Sources; beginnings

  • HAR: pp. 1-20 (includes Polybius 1.1-5), p. 50 (Polybius 3.31) and pp. 169-172 (includes Livy's Preface)

F

28

The foundation of the city of Rome, pt. 1
Terminology

   
 

M

31

The foundation of the city of Rome, pt. 1
Terminology

FEBRUARY

W

2

SNOW DAY

  • CATCH UP ON READING

F

4

The rise of Rome into the leading power in Italy
Key events in the Roman conquest of Italy

  • HRR: 19-36
  • HAR: Livy 1.8-17, 34-49
   
 

M

7

The constitution of the classical Republic

  • HRR: 37-47
  • HAR: Livy 1.55-60; 2.31-40; 3.33-7, 44-9, 56-8
  • HAR: Polybius 6.1, 3-9, 11-8, 56-7

W

9

The rise of the nobility
Short essay assignment

  • HRR: 48-56
  • HAR: Livy 5.34-49

F

11

Rome and the Mediterranean: the war with King Pyrrhus, the First Punic War and assessing Carthage

  • HRR: 57-72
   
 

M

14

The Second Punic War, I; assessing Sicily

  • HRR: 73-84
  • HAR: Polybius 3.6-30

W

16

The Second Punic War, II: Hannibal, invasion and conquest
Short essay due

  • HAR: Livy 21.1-2, 20-48; 22.3-7, 44-51; 30.28-37

F

18

The war with the great Hellenistic powers

  • HRR: 85-95
  • HAR: Livy 31.1-9; 33.6-10, 30-3, 38-40; 36.15-9; 38.37-8; 39.51
   
 

M

21

The vengeful Weltmacht and the beginnings of the Roman empire

  • HRR: 95-111
  • HAR: Livy 34.1-8

W

23

Culture and religion under Greek influence

F

25

The monetary economy and its impact

  • HRR: 122-135
   
 

M

28

The crisis of the military and agrarian system

  • HRR: 136-146
MARCH

W

2

The Gracchan reform initiatives

F

4

The road to the civil war: Marius and Sulla

  • HRR: 167-193
   
 

M

7

Reading Plutarch: The career of Marius, I

  • Plut. xvii-xxv
  • Plut. Marius 1-20

W

9

The career of Marius, II

  • Plut. Marius 21-46

F

11

Midterm

 
       
M-F 14-18 Spring Break  
   
 

M

21

Gaius Marius and L. Cornelius Sulla: gravediggers of the respublica

  • HRR: 194-204
  • Plut. xxv-xxvii; Plut. Sulla 1-14

W

23

Marians vs. Sullans

  • Plut. Sulla 15-38; pp. 105-109

F

25

Roman social history, I

  • Reading packet (handout)
   
 

M

28

Roman social history, II

  • Reading packet (handout)

W

30

Crassus, Pompey and Spartacus
Pompey, Cicero and Caesar
  • HRR: 205-228 (everyone)
  • Plut. Pompey (Adler-Gross)
  • Plut. Crassus (Harman-Wygal)
APRIL

F

1

The life of Cicero

   
 

M

4

The career of Cicero

  • Cic. Against Verres (Harman-Wygal)
  • Cic. In Support of Manilius' Law (Adler-Gross)

W

6

The conspiracy of Catiline

  • Cic. 2nd Speech against Catiline
  • HAR: Cicero, Letters p. 128 (To Atticus 1.2)
  • HAR: Sallust, Catilinarian Conspiracy

F

8

Cicero's forensic mastery
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  • Cic. In Defense of Marcus Caelius (Adler-Gross)
  • Cic. Against Lucius Calpurnius Piso (Harman-Wygal)
   
 

M

11

Caesar and the First Triumvirate

  • HRR: 229-236
  • HAR: Suetonius, Life of Julius Caesar

W

13

From the Gallic War to the civil war

  • HRR: 236-262
  • HAR: Caesar's Commentaries on the Gallic War pp. 135-6; book 1; 6.11-28

F

15

The state of the dictator Caesar

  • HRR: 262-280
  • Plut. Caesar
   
 

M

18

Caesar and assassins: heroes? criminals

W

20

Confirm or reject Caesar's acta?

F

22

Parilia: Classics symposium

   
 

M

25

Rome's future without Caesar?

W

27

The lost struggle for the Republic

  • HRR: 280-294
  • HAR: Cicero, Letters p. 129

F

29

Cicero and Antony
Cleopatra and Caesar, Antony, the poets and Rome

How do Cicero, the historians and the poets of Rome use invective to attack others? What kinds of rhetoric are most effective, both contemporaneous to the events (e.g., Cicero) and after?

   
 
MAY

M

2

The Second Triumvirate and the struggle for power
The Augustuan constitutional settlement