CLAS-HST 122: History of Rome

MWF 2:30-3:20

Dr. Brian T. Walsh

Spring 2005

 

 

TEXTS

MAPS

Internet Ancient History Sourcebook: ROME

Perseus Project: Texts

Lacus Curtius - Texts

Classics at M.I.T.

Livy: 1-5

Livy: 6-10

Livy: 21-25

Livy: 26-32

Livy: 33-39

Livy: 40-45

Livy’s History books 9-10; 20-26

Livy’s History of Rome: bks. 27-36

Plutarch’s Lives

Polybius’ Histories

Polybius: Treaties with Carthage 3.22-28

Augustus’ Res Gestae

Suetonius’ Lives of the Caesars

Cassius Dio’s Roman History

Suetonius’ Twelve Caesars

Historia Augusta

Eusebius Life of Constantine

Tacitus’ Germania

Tacitus’ Annales

Tacitus’ Historiae

Velleius Paterculus

The Latin Library

12 Tables of Law

Christian Histories, Biographies...

 

Italy

Roman Forum

Roman World

Roman Empire – 120 a.d.

Greece

Hellenistic Empires – 240 b.c.

2nd Punic War

MAP CENTRAL (Dalton.org)

IMAGES

Journals & Search

Coins: Republic

Coins: Empire

Maecenas: Images of Rome

Roman Calendar

Roman Busts (Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Denmark)

Inscriptions (select < Lacus Curtius)

Google.com

JSTOR

Journal of Roman Archaeology

American Journal of Archaeology

Archaeological Institute of America (AIA)

Archaeological Resources on the Internet

 

Week 1: Beginnings & Monarchs

HRP 1-41; Livy bks. 1-2

1-19

Mediterranean Context: Phoenicians, Etruscans and Greeks

1-21

Rex: Monarchs & Tyrants in the Mediterranean World

 

 

Week 2: Rome’s Republic: Internal & External Developments (509-287)

HRP 42-77;  Livy bks 3-5; 12 Tables of Law

1-24

Monumenta & Historia: Rome’s Historiographical Tradition: Lays, Plays & Annales

1-26

Plebs: Social History of Early Rome

1-28

Lex: The Decemvirate and the Twelve Tables

 

 

Week 3: Italy

HRP 91-114;

Livy: 6-10 (Preface Bk. 6; ‘Caudine Forks’ Bk 9.1-16;  ‘Alexander Digression’ 9.17-19)

1-31

Italia: Tribes, Languages & Treaties

2-2

Bellum: Rome’s Wars vs. the Samnites I,II,III

2-4

Duces: Consuls, Dictators & Consular Tribunes

 

 

Week 4: Punic Wars

HRP 115-152; Livy: 21-30 (Selections);  Polybius ‘Treaties’

2-7

Mos Maiorum: Senatorial Politics in the 3rd century

2-9

Carthage & Rome: Culture & Ideology

2-11

Carthage & Rome: War & Devastation

 

 

Week 5: Imperialism in the West & East

HRP 153-196;  Livy 31-45 (Selections);  Plutarch’s Life of Cato (Selection); Cicero (Selections)

2-14

Graecia: Rome’s Eastern Entanglements

2-16

Gallia et Hispania: Rome’s Western Possessions

2-18

Quaestio: Roman Law in the Courts 149-49 b.c.                                 

 

 

Week 6: Late Republic: Gracchi to Caesar

HRP 199-250;  Plutarch’s Life of Tiberius Gracchus;  Life of Sulla

2-21

HOLIDAY

2-23

Optimates et Populares: Gracchi, Marius and Sulla                             Research #1

2-25

Amicitia et Factio: Pompey and Caesar

 

Week 7: Empire: the Augustan Principate

HRP 251-299; Augustus Deeds of the Divine Augustus

2-28

Dictator: Caesar’s Sole Rule

3-2

Triumviri: The Development of Octavian

3-4

Auctoritas: Augustus’s Legitimacy

 

Week 8: Julio-Claudian and Flavian Emperors

HRP 300-334;  Tacitus, Annales 1-6; 13-16;  Suetonius Lives (selections); Velleius Paterculus (Bk 2)

3-7

Imperium: the Shaping of the Empire

3-9

Tiberius: Competing Portraits

3-11

EXAM #1                                                                                              EXAM #1

 

Week 9: 2nd Century Rome: Political & Cultural Developments

HRP 335-376;  Suetonius Life of Vespasian;  Tacitus’ Histories I; Aelius Life of Hadrian; 

3-14

Nero: Culture and Chaos

3-16

Flavians: Restoration and Stability

3-18

5 Good Emperors: Trajan & Hadrian

 

Week 10: 3rd Century Rome

HRP 377-419; Historia Augusta: Lives of Marcus Aurelius; Septimius Severus; Gallienus

3-28

5 Good Emperors: Marcus Aurelius

3-30

Septimius Severus: New Heights

4-1

Historia Augusta: Anarchy

 

Week 11: 3rd & 4th Century Rome

HRP 420-448; Eusebius Life of Constantine;  Ammianus Marcellinus (Selections)

4-4

Diocletian: Tetrarchy

4-6

Constantine: Christian Rome

4-8

The Heirs of Constantine

 

Week 12: Pagans & Barbarians

HRP 449-486; Ammianus Marcellinus (Selections)

4-11

Julian the Apostate: Paganism

4-13

Valentinian & Valens

4-15

Barbarians: Defining the Other

 

Week 13: Late Antiquity – West and East

HRP 487-512

4-18

Theodosius

4-20

The End of Rome in the West

4-22

Justinian & Theodora                                                                        RESEARCH #2

 

Week 14: Transformations

HRP 513-541

4-25

Justinian

4-27

Western Developments

4-29

Byzantium

 

Week 15: Review

4-2

Review

4-4

Review

 

Exam 1 – Midterm: 30%

Research #1 – 20%

Research #2 – 20%

EXAM: May – 30 %