Ancient History: The Roman Republic

HISTORY 341C

The story of the Roman Republic's astonishing successes and then its collapse into political chaos and tyranny is not only fascinating but offers lessons of great importance for anyone seeking to learn how societies and governments function. This course will trace that story from Rome's legendary foundation through the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 BCE. We will concentrate both on the role of extraordinary individuals such as the Carthaginian general Hannibal and Rome's own political leaders, and on social forces such as slavery, religion, Rome's mixed government, and gender, class, and ethnic relations within the Roman state.
Course Attributes: EN H; BU Hum; AS HUM; AS LCD; FA HUM; AR HUM