HIST 399D Once There Were Romans



Once There Were Romans: Humanity’s Greatest Civilization



Credits: 3
Contact Hours: 45


Course description:

This course surveys the history of ancient Rome from its legendary founders Romulus and Remus in the 8th century BCE, through the establishment of the Roman Republic in the 5th century BCE, through its transformation into an Empire in the 1st century CE, and its decline and metamorphosis into Christendom in the 4th-5th centuries CE. The course will examine the History of Rome from its foundations under Romulus and Remus in 753 BCE to the “collapse” of the Roman Empire in 476 CE. Due to the vast number of details in these 1200 years only the major developments will receive extensive consideration: foundation of Roman institutions, conflict of the orders, expansion in the Republic, developments after the Punic Wars, collapse of the Republic, the establishment and evolution of the Principate and the Dominate, the 3rd century crisis and rise of Christianity, “barbarian” invasions, and the end of the Empire in the West. The classroom sessions will be correlated with visits to major archaeological sites and museums giving a visual force to the historical material. Therefore, the course will proceed in two time frames: the historical and the present, which is the unique characteristic of studying Roman history in Rome itself. Site visits include the Baths of Caracalla, the Roman Forum and Coliseum, Palazzo Massimo, San Clemente and many intermediate monuments and sites.



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