About this course
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.
What is Telepaideia?
Telepaideia is a broad collection of online courses, offered by the Paideia Institute in 10-week semesters three times a year (Fall, Spring, and Summer terms). These live classes are each designed and led by a dedicated teacher from the Paideia community and are taught in small groups of approximately five or fewer. Students can select and directly enroll in Telepaideia courses on a wide range of topics related to Latin, Greek, and the Classical humanities, according to both their personal interests and previous learning experiences. Course offerings change from semester to semester, but generally include language classes (at various levels and intensities), reading classes, and classes dedicated to intellectual history and Classical reception.
What to expect from this course
Our online Telepaideia courses meet synchronously in small groups of no more than five students to promote an engaged, supportive learning environment. Our instructors are based all over the world, but class times are typically scheduled outside of working hours in the Eastern Time zone. Scheduling accommodations can be made at the instructor's discretion.