900 State Street
Salem, Oregon 97301
This course provides an introduction to the history of ancient Rome, spanning the more than one thousand years from the founding of the city through the late imperial period. The class is structured around a series of problems and questions that will require you to formulate and evaluate historical arguments based on the close reading of ancient sources. Topics to be covered include the origins of Rome, it's growth from a small city-state to a world empire, and the relationship between this expansion and the development of both the Republic and the empire as political systems. We will also consider the impact of Roman rule on the populations of Rome and its provinces as well as selected aspects of Roman society and culture, including the household, the role of public entertainment, and the varieties of religious experience found within the Empire.