History of Rome: From Monarchy to Republic

Event 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