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. Lectures will provide an essential historical narrative and interpretations of central problems in Roman Republican history, and primary-source readings will give students an opportunity in discussion sections to engage with key texts and documents from the period. There are no prerequisites for this course.
|Caesar, The Civil War by Carter, J.||Oxford World's Classics. ISBN: 978-0199540624||Required|
|Cicero, Selected Political Speeches by Grant, M.||Penguin. ISBN: 978-0140442144||Required|
|Sallust, Catiline's Conspiracy/Jugurthine War/Histories by Batstone, W.||Oxford World's Classics. ISBN: 978-0192823458||Required|
|Plutarch, Roman Lives by Waterfield, R.||Oxford World's Classics. ISBN: 978-0199537389||Required|
|Polybius, The Rise of the Roman Empire by Scott-Kilvert, I.||Penguin. ISBN: 978-0140443622||Required|
|Livy, The Rise of Rome: Books One to Five by Luce, T. J.||Oxford World's Classics. ISBN: 978-0199540044||Required|
|The Romans: From Village to Empire by Boatwright, Mary T||Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0199730575||Required|