900 State Street
Salem, Oregon 97301
This course will examine the origins of Rome, the rise and fall of the Roman Republic, and the development of the Roman Empire. Within this political framework, close attention will be given to the socio-economic factors that drove Rome's quest for world power. Furthermore, the importance or social and cultural themes and institutions (e.g., gender, religion, slavery, entertainment) will be examined for the clues they provide to the question of Roman identity both for the inhabitants of the city and those on the peripheries of the Empire. In addition, through careful analysis of both primary and secondary sources, student will be encouraged to ground their study of ancient Rome with an understanding of the theoretical models and concepts relevant to ancient history and historiography.