The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



20 units


3000 level

Course handbook


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 developments of the period and the pressures brought to bear upon the institutions of Rome by political and military changes, and by increasing wealth and power derived from Rome's imperial conquests. There will be a secondary focus upon Roman society. Emphasis is placed upon the use and evaluation of a wide range of ancient evidence.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2017.

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): AHIS3020. Students who have successfully completed AHIS3020 are not eligible to enrol in AHIS3001.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Understand Late Republican Rome, its history, culture, and tradition in antiquity 1.1 Engage in evidence-based study of Late Republican Rome 1.2 Recognise the internal threats to political systems by the increasing power and wealth of individuals and vested interests

2. Appreciate the influence of Late Republican Rome on subsequent history 2.1 Accept the connections between Late Republican Rome, its history, culture and tradition and other courses taught within the field of humanities 2.2 Outline the links between the artistic and cultural worlds of ancient Greece and Rome and the historical and social environments of Western society

3. Demonstrate enhanced communication skills 3.1 Oral communication 3.2 Written communication 3.3 Electronic communication

4. Engage in research 4.1 Show independent research skills 4.2 Communicate the products of research in a clear, concise and analytical manner


The Gracchi and their aftermath

The rise of the equestrian order and Marius, politican, general, saviour of Italy

The Italian Problem and the Social War,

Civil WarMarius Sulla and dictatorship

Revolution and restoration: Lepidus, Spartacus, Sertorius

Administration of the Roman World, urban and provincial;

The courts and the rise of Cicero

the great commands: Lucullus, Pompey, Caesar

Catilina and social problems

The last decade of the Republic

The rise of Caesar and civil war

Caesar’s ‘solution’ and assassination


This course has similarities to AHIS3020. If you have successfully completed AHIS3020, you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

20 units in Ancient History or History

Assessment items

Essay: Essay

In Term Test: Four In-class tests