The Roman Republic- Session A (May 28- Jul 3)

History N106A

Summer 2013
First 6 Week Session
Day & Time: 
  • This course satisfies the Pre-Modern Requirement for the History Major.
  • This course offers an introduction to the history of the Roman Republic, from the foundation of the city in the 8th century BC to the cataclysmic civil wars that destroyed the Republic in the 1st century BC. The central theme of the course is Rome’s imperial expansion, first within Italy and then throughout the Mediterranean, with special attention to the political, economic, social, and cultural impact of Roman imperialism, both on conquered territories and on Rome itself. Each class session will consist of a lecture, followed by discussion of primary-source readings. Lectures will provide an essential historical narrative and interpretations of central problems in Roman Republican history. The discussion portion of class will give students an opportunity to engage with key texts and documents from the period.


    Laura Pfuntner will receive her Ph.D. in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology from UC Berkeley in May 2013. Her dissertation focused on the settlement landscape of Sicily in the Roman imperial period. Her main academic interests are the history and archaeology of the Hellenistic and Roman Mediterranean (c. 200 BC - AD 200) and Greek and Latin historiography of the Roman period.  Note that the attached syllabus is the file syllabus from 2012. It will be updated as this year's syllabus becomes available.


    Course Books

    The Civil War by Caesar; Carter, J.M. Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0199540624 Required
    Selected Political Speeches by Cicero; Grant, M. Penguin Classics. ISBN: 978-0140442144 Required
    The Jugurthine War / The Conspiracy of Catiline by Sallust; Handford, S.A. Penguin Classics. ISBN: 978-0140441321 Required
    Roman Lives by Plutarch; Waterfield, R. Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0199537389 Required
    The Rise of the Roman Empire by Polybius; Scott-Kilvert, I. Penguin Classics. ISBN: 978-0140443622 Required
    The Early History of Rome, Books I-V by Livy; De Selincourt, A. Penguin Classics. ISBN: 978-0140448092 Required
    The Romans: From Village to Empire by Boatwright, M.T. Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0199730575 Required