The Roman Republic

History 106A

Fall 2015
Instructor: 
Location: 
2040 VALLEY LSB
Day & Time: 
MWF 11-12P
CCN: 
39546
Units: 
4

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.

Course Books

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