Meyer, Elizabeth A.

The Roman Empire

HIEU
5051
Undergraduate
Graduate
Spring
2016
Prerequisites for undergraduates:  HIEU 2041 OR HIEU 3041; or instructor permission
 
This course will examine the Principate from its founding (27 B.C.) to the beginning of the third-century crisis (A.D. 235).  It will proceed by an examination of themes and topics rather than as a narrative:  these themes and topics will include emperor and administration, local municipalities, slavery and varying gradations of freed status and citizenship, patronage, social mobility, economy, romanization, the courts, emperor-cult, and resistance to Rome.  Students are expected to write five exercises based on ancient sources; to write one five-to-seven-page paper; and to take a final exam.  Readings will be drawn from the following:
            C. Wells, The Roman Empire
            Tacitus, Annals and Histories
            Josephus, Jewish War
            Pliny, Letters
            Apuleius, Apology
            M. Goodman, The Ruling Class of Judaea.  The Origins of the Jewish Revolt Against Rome A.D. 66-70 (Cambridge U. P., 1987)
            R. MacMullen, Paganism in the Roman Empire (Yale)
            R. MacMullen, Romanization in the Time of Augustus (Yale)
            S. Price, Rituals and Power.  The Roman Imperial Cult in Asia Minor (Cambridge U.P., 1984)
and additional readings on Collab
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Roman Republic and Empire

HIEU
2041
Undergraduate
Spring
2016
A survey of the political, social, and institutional growth of the Roman Republic, with close attention given to its downfall and replacement by an imperial form of government; and the subsequent history of that imperial form of government, and of social and economic life in the Roman Empire, up to its own decline and fall.  Readings of ca. 120 pages per week; midterm, final, and one seven-page paper.
Readings will be drawn from the following:
            Sinnegan and Boak, A History of Rome (text)
            Livy, The Early History of Rome
            Plutarch, Makers of Rome
            Suetonius, The Twelve Caesars
            Tacitus, Annals of Imperial Rome
            Apuleius, The Golden Ass
            R. MacMullen, Roman Social Relations
            and a course packet
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Colloquium in Pre-1700 European History

"Greece in the Fifth Century"
HIEU
4511
Undergraduate
Fall
2015

Prerequisite:  HIEU 2031, HIEU 3559 (Hellenistic) or equivalent; and instructor permission.

This course examines the political, military, and social history of Greece from the end of the Persian Wars (479 BC) to the end of the Peloponnesian War (404 BC).  This is the age of the creation of Athenian democracy and Athenian Empire, as well as of the growing tensions with Sparta that eventually resulted in the Peloponnesian War.  Understanding these developments is crucial to understanding all Greek history.  This class will proceed by discussion, including discussion of five five-page papers written by each student (due variously throughout the term) distributed before the class in which they will be discussed.  There will also be two exercises (on working with ancient evidence) and a final exam. 

Undergraduates are permitted to take this class as a graduate class (HIEU 5021)  or for 4511 credit; in the latter case they would write four rather than five papers but otherwise fulfill the stated requirements of the course.  This course fulfills the histoyr colloquium and second writing requirements.

Reading is substantial, averaging approximately 200 pages/week, and will be drawn from the following:

  • The Landmark Thucydides (R. Strassler, ed.; Free Press)
  • Plutarch, Greek Lives (Oxford World Classics)
  • J. M. Moore, Aristotle and Xenophon on Democracy and Oligarchy (California)
  • Diodorus of Sicily, Library of History vols. 4-5 (Loeb/Harvard)
  • Xenophon, Hellenica (Penguin)
  • C. Fornara, Archaic Times to the End of the Peloponnesian War (Cambridge)
  • and readings on the Collab course website
Course Instructor: 

Greece in the Fifth Century

HIEU
5021
Undergraduate
Graduate
Fall
2015

Prerequisite:  HIEU 2031, HIEU 3559 (Hellenistic) or equivalent; or instructor permission.

This course examines the political, military, and social history of Greece from the end of the Persian Wars (479 BC) to the end of the Peloponnesian War (404 BC).  This is the age of the creation of Athenian democracy and Athenian Empire, as well as of the growing tensions with Sparta that eventually resulted in the Peloponnesian War.  Understanding these developments is crucial to understanding all Greek history.  This class will proceed by discussion, including discussion of five five-page papers written by each student (due variously throughout the term) distributed before the class in which they will be discussed.  There will also be two exercises (on working with ancient evidence) and a final exam. 

Undergraduates are permitted to take this class as a graduate class or for 4511 credit; in the latter case they would write four rather than five papers but otherwise fulfill the stated requirements of the course.

Reading is substantial, averaging approximately 200 pages/week, and will be drawn from the following:

  • The Landmark Thucydides (R. Strassler, ed.; Free Press)
  • Plutarch, Greek Lives (Oxford World Classics)
  • J. M. Moore, Aristotle and Xenophon on Democracy and Oligarchy (California)
  • Diodorus of Sicily, Library of History vols. 4-5 (Loeb/Harvard)
  • Xenophon, Hellenica (Penguin)
  • C. Fornara, Archaic Times to the End of the Peloponnesian War (Cambridge)
  • and readings on the Collab course website
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Tutorial in Late Roman Republican History

HIEU
9025
Graduate
Fall
2015

Students are expected to attend the lectures for HIEU 3041 (“Fall of the Roman Republic”) and to take the exams for that course. They are also expected to write two papers (one five-to-seven pages, one fifteen-to-twenty), the first on a specific Roman (short) text, the second on a more wide-ranging subject to be determined between instructor and student.
 
We will meet every other week for two hours.
 
Readings will include a comparison of two different surveys of the period,

  • H. H. Scullard, From the Gracchi to Nero (fifth edition, 1982, but with new foreword by D. Rathbone, 2011: you must use the 2011 version of this edition because, irritatingly enough, the page numbers differ from the 1982 printing).
  • C. Mackay, The Breakdown of the Roman Republic: from Oligarchy to Empire (2009)

 Further readings will be drawn from:

  •  M. Beard and M. Crawford, Rome in the Late Republic (1985) 25-39, 40-71
  • K.-J. Hölkeskamp, "History and Collective Memory in the Middle Republic," in N. Rosenstein and R. Morstein Marx, eds., A Companion to the Roman Republic (2006) 478-495
  • K. Hopkins, Conquerors and Slaves (1978) 1-74
  • N. Rosenstein, Rome at War (2004) 141-169 (and notes, 270-280)
  • S. Roselaar, Public Land in the Roman Republic (2010) 148, 180-220
  • Plutarch, Tiberius Gracchus and Gaius Gracchus (=Makers 153-193)
  • Appian, Civil Wars 1.1-121 (pp. 1–68)
  • testimonia about Gaius Gracchus, fragments of his speeches; his judicial law
  • Plutarch, Marius (=Fall 4-55) and Sulla (=Fall 56-104)
  • Sallust, The Jugurthine War (pp. 51-138); note chronology in packet
  • L. Keppie, The Making of the Roman Army (1984) 33-68
  • A. Riggsby, Roman Law and the Legal World of the Romans (2010) 111-117, 195-202;
  • Plutarch, Cicero 1-27 (=Fall 322-351)
  • Cicero, Brutus 1-227, 304-319 (=On Government 221-293, 322-328)
  • fragments of Cato the Elder
  • Cicero, Verrines 2.5 (=On Government 16-105)
  • Appian, Mithridatic Wars 64-113
  • Plutarch, Lucullus (in packet), Pompey 1-42 (=Fall pp. 160-207), and Crassus (=Fall 110-154)
  • Sallust, Histories 2.98 (Letter of Pompey) and 4.69 (Letter of Mithridates), both in Woodman (pp. 156-157 and 161-164)
  • Cicero, Pro Murena (=On Government 106-159)
  • Polybius, Hist. 6.11-18;
  • Cicero Republic 1.33-71 (pp. 17-33)
  • Cicero Laws book 3 (=On Government 192-220)
  • [Quintus Cicero], Handbook on Electioneering
  • F. Millar, "Popular Politics at Rome in the Late Republic," in I. Malkin and Z. Rubinsohn, eds., Leaders and Masses in the Roman World (1995) 91-113
  • H. Mouritsen, Plebs and Politics in the Late Roman Republic (2001) 1-17
  • many letters of Cicero, in his Selected Letters, Letters to Friends, and Letters to Atticus
  • Sallust, Catiline's War (pp. 3-47)
  • Cicero, Against Catiline 1-4 (=Selected Political Speeches 71-145)
  • Cicero, Pro Milone (=Selected Political Speeches 215-278)
  • Cicero, Pro Caelio (=Selected Political Speeches 165-214)
  • Catullus, Poems 2-3, 5, 7-8, 11, 37, 51, 58, 70, 72, 75, 77, 78B, 79, 83, 85-87, 92, 100, 107 (n.b. Lesbia=Clodia); 29, 52, 54, 57, 97-98, 108, 113
  • Plutarch, Cato [xerox], Caesar (=Fall 254-322), Brutus (=Makers 223-270)
  • Caesar, Gallic Wars books I-II, VII (=3-53, 142-194)
  • Caesar, Civil War 1.1-1.33 (=pp. 3-22; pp. 270-279 are the notes)
  • R. E. Smith, The Failure of the Roman Republic (1955) 163-166
  • E. Gruen, The Last Generation of the Roman Republic (1974) 498-507
  • Nicolaus of Damascus, Life of Augustus 1-31 (pp. 3-75, followed by notes)
  • Plutarch, Antony (=Makers 271-349)
  • Cicero, Philippics 1 (=Selected Speeches 295-318) and Philippics 2 (pp. 101-153)
  • "Praise of Turia" (inscription [ILS 8393], pp. 208-211)
  • Suetonius, Augustus 1-17, 26-27, 68-70 (pp. 54-63, 67-69, 92-94)
  • Velleius Paterculus, Compendium 88-95
  • Augustus, *Res Gestae Divi Augusti
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