Rome to the Gracchi
Available in 2012
Previously offered in 2011, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2004
Examines the history of Rome from its origins down to the Sacks of Carthage and Corinth in the middle of the 2nd century BC. The main focus will be on the evolution of the institutions of Republican government, features of Rome?s internal political practice, and the development of her external empire and its administration. Attention will also be paid to the Roman self-image, as evidenced in her value system, foundation mythology, and treatment of her achievement (as seen in major historians).
1. To encourage a broad knowledge and understanding of the development of Rome down to the era of the Gracchi.
2. To encourage an understanding of the changing conditions of Roman society, and the manner in which it differed from our own.
3. To encourage a critical approach to both literary and archaeological evidence.
4. To foster the accurate and effective expression of one?s appreciation of, and critical ideas about, ancient society and its leaders.
Foundation of Rome: Aeneas and Romulus in Livy and Vergil
The early city and its Institutions
1. Expansion through Italy
2. Acquisition of an Empire: Wars with Carthage and Greece (264-146BC)
3. Historiography of Rome: Polybius (and Livy)
4. Roman values, particularly those of the Nobility
5. Internal Politics and Reform in the 2nd Century BC
Modes of Delivery
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 13 weeks