Rome: From Italy to Empire

By 275 BC, Rome had conquered the states of Italy and was poised to take on the north African state of Carthage for dominance in the Mediterranean. Rome would go on to face down one of history’s greatest generals, Hannibal. The development of Rome’s empire had enormous implications for her republican political system. By 44 BC, the Roman Republic was on its knees with some in the Senate believing that the assassination of Julius Caesar would reinvigorate Rome’s Republic. In this course we will examine Rome’s expansion and the domestic repercussions of her success.


SUGGESTED READING

  • H.H. Scullard, From the Gracchi to Nero
  • Donald Kagan, Problems in Ancient History Volume II : The Roman World
  • Plutarch, The Fall of the Roman Republic


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Introduction – Rome’s position in relation to Italy and her political system
  • The Punic Wars
  • Rome’s provincial organisation and the repercussions of wars in Roman politics.
  • The Gracchi
  • Rome against the Gauls and the Numidian kingdom.
  • The career of Gaius Marius and the reform of the army
  • The Mithridatic Wars and the rise of Sulla
  • The reforms of Sulla and their implications for Rome


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Recall the major events in the rise of Rome to imperial power.
  2. Understand the poliltical ramifications of Rome’smilitary success.
  3. Identify the major personalities who shaped the history of Rome in this period.
$232 Limited / $209

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