HIST 207 - History of Ancient Rome


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


Credits: 3


Hours: 45 (Lecture Hours: 45)


Total Weeks: 15


First year history course
OR consent of Instructor.


Non-Course Prerequisites:





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:
-  Understand how the Roman state came to dominate the ancient Mediterranean
-  Explain the limits and problems the Romans faced when governing an empire
-  Explain the fall of the Roman Republic and the transformation into an empire
-  Discuss the forces of integration within the Roman Empire and its legacy
-  Explain the legacy of Roman political and social institutions
Learning Objectives:
- To learn as much about the history of ancient Rome as our time and format permits |
- To make this period of history interesting to you without sacrificing academic integrity
- To encourage precision in the way you think and in the way you express that thinking
- To develop your ability to critically analyze, appreciate and effectively use cultural information
- To develop skills in research, and written and oral communication.
- 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: Letters


Passing Grade: D (50%)


Percentage of Individual Work: 95


Percentage of Group Work:


Textbooks are subject to change.  Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.