The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


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).


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2014.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

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

Assessment items

Quiz: Class Quiz

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial paper