Classics 373

Ancient History: Rome

Full course for one semester. This course will examine the development of the Roman Empire from 264 BC to 14 CE, focusing on Rome’s rapid transformation into the leading power in the Mediterranean and the political, social, economic and cultural changes that this extended period of growth produced in Roman society. Topics include the nature of Roman imperialism, Roman reception of Greek literature and culture, the growth of slavery and consequent slave wars, class struggle and the relations of mass and elites in the Roman Republic, the rise of violence in Roman politics, the changing face of the Roman family, and the creation of the principate under the guidance of Augustus, Rome’s first emperor. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or consent of the instructor. Lecture-conference. Cross-listed as History 393.

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