This survey of Roman History begins with the foundation of Rome in the 8th century B.C. and ends with the founding of the Christian capital of the Empire at Constantinople. Students will read a narrative history, a study of various aspects of Roman society and culture, and a selection of the ancient sources upon which our knowledge is based. Archaeological material will be used to augment the literary sources. The influence of Rome on later Western Civilization in government and law will be studied as well as its role in determining the foundation of Christianity.
As taught in Rome, special topics include the origins of Rome between fact and fiction; the Hellenization of Roman society; literature and the age of Augustus; and the “end” of the Roman Empire.
This course includes excursions in and around Rome.
This course is cross-listed with History 3312.