Ancient Rome

Summer 2024
Summer Session II: July 5 – August 9, 2024
Subject Area:
Course Number
ANCH 0102 920
Monday 12:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday 12:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Friday 12:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Primary Program:
LPS Undergraduate & Post-Baccalaureate
Course Description:

At its furthest extent during the second century CE, the Roman Empire was truly a "world empire", stretching from northern Britain to North Africa and Egypt, encompassing the whole of Asia Minor, and bordering the Danube in its route from the Black Forest region of Germany to the Black Sea. But in its earliest history, it comprised a few small hamlets on a collection of hills adjacent to the Tiber River in central Italy. Over a period of nearly 1500 years, the Roman state transformed from a mythical Kingdom to a Republic dominated by a heterogeneous, competitive aristocracy to an Empire ruled, at least notionally, by one man. It developed complex legal and administrative structures, supported a sophisticated and highly successful military machine, and sustained elaborate systems of economic production and exchange. It was, above all, a society characterized both by a willingness to include newly conquered peoples in the project of empire, and by fundamental, deep-seated practices of social exclusion and domination. This course focuses in particular upon the history of the Roman state between the fifth century BCE and the third century CE, exploring its religious and cultural practices, political, social and economic structures. It also scrutinizes the fundamental tensions and enduring conflicts that characterized this society throughout this 800-year period.