Course Description for Ancient Rome
This course traces the history of Rome the early days of the republic, through the establishment of the principate, to the transformations of the later empire. It explores how Rome encountered, absorbed, and was influenced by the peoples it ruled. It examines how the characteristic institutions of the Roman life emerged, and how they shaped the lives both of the elites and the common people. Students will explore the historiography of ancient Rome: the ancient written sources, epigraphy, and archaeological material, as well as modern scholarship.