Roman Republic and Empire


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

Corcoran Department of History
University of Virginia
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