The Roman Empire

History 106B

Summer 2016
First 6 Week Session
106 Moffitt
Day & Time: 
MTW 9:30-12 P

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.

Course Books

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