Late Roman Republic

Course code AHIS3020Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

Examines the history of the Late Roman Republic from the late 2nd Century BC down to the assassination of Caesar in 44BC. The primary focus of the course is upon the political climate of the period and the pressures brought to bear upon the institutions of Rome by external factors and individual ambition. Emphasis is placed upon the use of ancient source material in translation (incorporating Greek and Roman value terms) in conjunction with modern scholarly opinion.

Not available in 2015

Previously offered in 2014
Objectives1. Knowledge of Late Republican Rome, her history, culture, and tradition in antiquity

1.1 To offer students a sound, discipline-based study of Late Republican Rome

1.2 To foster an interest in the course and its various components: the political upheaval at Rome from the time of the Gracchi to the constitutional reforms of Sulla; the subsequent disintegration of Republican institutions down to 49BC; the nature of ?service? in Republican life, military, magisterial, judicial, and religious; her relations with provinces and client kingdoms; the analysis of the period by contemporary writers, and later philosophers and historians; aspects of religion and cult, and society during the Late Republic

2. Appreciation of the influence of Late Republican Rome on subsequent history

2.1 To establish and develop connections between Late Republican Rome, her history, culture and tradition and other courses taught within the field of humanities

2.2 To encourage and strengthen linkages between the artistic and cultural worlds of ancient Greece and Rome and the historical and social environments of Western society

3. The Development of Communication Skills

3.1 Oral communication

3.2 Written communication

3.3 Electronic communication

4. Research Development

4.1 Independent research skills

4.2 An ability to communicate the products of research in a clear, concise and analytical manner
ContentAn Introduction to the Course: Aims, Teaching Methodology, Difficulties in dealing with the evidence

Aftermath of the Gracchi; the equites and Marius

The Italian Problem, Social War, Civil War, Sulla

Administration of the Roman World, urban and provincial; the courts, the great commands

Revolution: Lepidus, Spartacus, Catilina

The last decade of the Republic


Republican Rome through the eyes of contemporary writers and later Philosophers and Historians
Replacing Course(s)n/a
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledge20 units at any level in Ancient History or History
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Examination: ClassOne in-class examination or equivalent task = 30% (1000 words)
Essays / Written AssignmentsOne tutorial paper or equivalent task = 30% (1000 words)
Essays / Written AssignmentsOne essay or equivalent task = 40% (2000 words)
Other: (please specify)For further particulars, dates and times, refer to Course Guide available from Office.
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 10 weeks