Course Description: In this course we will survey and discuss the history of the Roman monarchy from its mythical foundation to the end of the republic. We will pay special attention to political and social developments. We will discuss the causes of the expansion and institutional developments, as well as aspects of farming and industry, the economy, the arts, sciences, and technology, as well as cultural developments. We will also discuss sources and historiography. The basic texts will be Ward, Heichelheim, Yeo: 'A History of the Roman People', and Géza Alföldy's 'The Social History of Rome'. We will also read passages from the relevant historians of the monarchy and republic in translation. We will proceed chronologically and focus on certain aspects depending on students' interests.
Level: This course is open to teachers, history enthusiasts, and beginners. Readings, from either the basic texts or from primary sources, will be assigned in order to lead our weekly discussion.
Textbook: Ward, Heichelheim, Yeo: 'A History of the Roman People'. Géza Alföldy 'The Social History of Rome'. Instructor will provide readings from primary sources in translation.
Sections capped at: 5 students. If the course is sold-out, please fill out this waiting-list form.