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HIST 207 - History of Ancient Rome
Course Code:
HIST 207


Calendar Description:
This course is a survey of the political, social and cultural history of ancient Rome from the earliest times to the Byzantine era.

Date First Offered:
January 2006

Total Hours: 45
Lecture Hours: 45

Total Weeks:

This course is offered online:

First year history course or consent of instructor.

Non-Course Pre-Requisites:


Course Content:
- Course Introduction
- Early Roman Society
- Early Rome to 500: Social Values
- Rise of the Republic and Conquest of Italy
- The First Punic War
- The Second Punic War
- Imperialism, East and West
- Transformation of Roman Life; Social changes
- Gracchi and Land Reforms; Breakdown of the System
- Marius and Sulla; Ambitions and Crises
- The Rise and Fall of Caesar
- Last Days of the Republic
- The Augustan Age
- Claudius, Nero and the Conquest of Britain
- The Flavian Dynasty and the Good Emperors
- Culture and Thought, Pre- and Post Augustan
- Changes and Conflicts; Third Century Anarchy
- Diocletian reforms and Constantine Empire Building
- From Constantine’s Dynasty to Theodosius the Great
- Christianity and Classical Culture in the 4th Century
- Fifth-Century West
- Survival of the Empire; Justinian’s Autocracy
- Universal Empire
- Rome After the Fall

Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:

1. Understand how the Roman state came to dominate the ancient Mediterranean
2. Explain the limits and problems the Romans faced when governing an empire
3. Explain the fall of the Roman Republic and the transformation into an empire
4. Discuss the forces of integration within the Roman Empire and its legacy
5. Explain the legacy of Roman political and social institutions

Learning Objectives:

1. To learn as much about the history of ancient Rome as our time and format permits
2. To make this period of history interesting to you without sacrificing academic integrity
3. To encourage precision in the way you think and in the way you express that thinking
4. To develop your ability to critically analyze, appreciate and effectively use cultural information
5. To develop skills in research, and written and oral communication.
6. To have gained an appreciation of classical history as a distinct academic discipline, understanding its unique outlook, scope and methods and what distinguishes it from other disciplines

Grading System:

Passing Grade:
D (50%)

Grading Weight:
Final Exam: 25 %
Midterm Exam: 20 %
Assignments: 40 %
Participation: 15 %

Number of Assignments:

Nature of Participation:
D2L disc postings and attendance.

Writing Assignments:
one article review, one bibliography/thesis proposal and one essay

Percentage of Individual Work:

Percentage of Group Work:

Course Offered in Other Programs:

Other Programs:
Elementary Education, Pre-Medicine, Associate of Arts Diploma - Fine Arts, Associate of Arts Degree, Associate of Arts Degree - Criminology Specialization
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