This course offers an introduction to the history of the Roman empire, from the advent of monarchy in Rome in the first century BC to the breakdown of central state authority in the fifth century AD. Major themes include the overlapping networks of social power in the Roman empire (institutional and personal); the unity and diversity of Roman imperial culture; the changing relationship between state and society; the political economy of the Roman empire; and the geography and ecology of the Mediterranean world. Lectures will provide an essential historical narrative and interpretations of central problems in Roman imperial history, and discussion sections will give students an opportunity to engage with key texts from or about the Roman empire, from Tacitus to Gibbon. There are no prerequisites for this course.
|The Annals by Yardley, J. C.||Oxford World's Classics. ISBN: 9780192824219||Required|
|Lives of the Caesars by Edwards, C.||Oxford World's Classics. ISBN: 9780199537563||Required|
|The Golden Ass by Walsh, P. G.||Oxford World's Classics. ISBN: 9780199540556||Required|
|The Later Roman Empire (AD 354-378) by Hamilton, W.||Penguin. ISBN: 9780140444063||Required|
|The Romans: From Village to Empire by Boatwright, Mary||Oxford University Press. ISBN: 9780199730575||Required|