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Reading assignments: To broaden our exposure to the Roman world, we’ll be supplementing the textbook with short excerpts from ancient writers. For each class, all students must read before coming to class:

  • The assigned chapter from Boatwright et al. (The Romans: From Village to Empire), and
  • At least one of the primary sources (i.e., one or more of the texts marked with a ).

1 Mon Jan 28 Introduction and Evidence

2 Mon Feb 4 Origin Story
  BOATWRIGHT: Chapter 1
  DIONYSIUS OF HALIC.: “On the Subject of Roman History”
  DIONYSIUS OF HALIC.: “Early Rules for Clients and Patrons”
  LIVY: “Numa’s Religious Settlement”
  LIVY: “The Capture of the Sabine Women”
  DIONYSIUS OF HALIC.: “Servius Tullius’s Reform of the Comitia Centuriata”

3 Mon Feb 11 The Republic and the Italians
  BOATWRIGHT: Chapter 2
  LIVY: “The Rape of Lucretia”
  DIONYSIUS OF HALIC.: “Coriolanus Opposes the Plebs”
  DIONYSIUS OF HALIC.: “The Tribunes and their Manipulation”
  FRAGMENTS: “The Twelve Tables”
  LIVY, DIONYSIUS: “The Roman Way of Declaring War”
  CICERO, DIONYSIUS: “The Mythology of the Farmer General”
  LIVY: “The Defeat of the Latins”
  POLYBIUS: “The Constitution of the Roman Republic”
  POLYBIUS: “The Roman Maniple vs. the Macedonian Phalanx”

4 Wed Feb 20 Rome and Carthage
  BOATWRIGHT: Chapter 3
  LIVY: “The Samnites’ ‘Linen Legion’ Remains Undaunted”
  POLYBIUS: “The Battle of Cannæ”
  LIVY, PRUDENTIUS: “The Magna Mater”
  POLYBIUS: “The Siege of Syracuse”
  POLYBIUS: “The Destruction of Corinth”

5 Mon Feb 25 The Acquisition of Empire
  BOATWRIGHT: Chapter 4
  LIVY: “Cato Opposes Extravagance”
  PLAUTUS: “From The Menaechmi
  APPIAN: “On Tiberius Gracchus”
  PLUTARCH: “On Tiberius Gracchus”
  APPIAN: “On Gaius Gracchus”

6 Mon Mar 4 Breakdown of the Republic
  BOATWRIGHT: Chapter 5
  SALLUST: “Speech of Marius Against the Nobility”
  APPIAN, PLUTARCH: “Mithridates Against Rome”
  APPIAN: “Drusus and his Enemies”
  VARIOUS: “Accounts of the Roman State Religion”
  VARIOUS: “Slavery in the Roman Republic”

7 Mon Mar 11 The Legacy of Sulla
♦ Position Paper Proposal Due
  BOATWRIGHT: Chapter 6
  LIVY, APPIAN: “Sulla’s Brutality”
  Q. CICERO: “The Roman Candidate”
  SALLUST: “Life in Rome in the Late Republic”
  SALLUST: “Pompey’s Letter to the Senate”
  CICERO: “Against Catiline”

8 Mon Mar 18 Rubicon
  BOATWRIGHT: Chapter 7
  APPIAN: “Pompey’s Conquest of the East”
  ASCONIUS: “The Murder of Clodius”
  CICERO: “Scipio’s Dream”
  SUETONIUS: “On Julius Caesar”

  Mon Mar 25 Spring Break

  Mon Apr 1 Spring Break

9 Mon Apr 8 Augustus, Princeps, Imperator
♦ Representations and Images Paper Due
  BOATWRIGHT: Chapter 8
  PLUTARCH: “The Assassination of Julius Caesar”
  CICERO: “On the Rise of Augustus”
  CATULLUS: “Selections”
  HORACE: “The Secular Hymn”
  VELLEIUS PATERCULUS: “The Battle of Teutoburg Forest”
  AUGUSTUS: “Acts of the Divine Augustus”
  TACITUS: “The Death of Augustus and the Accession of Tiberius Nero”

10 Mon Apr 15 The Principate
  BOATWRIGHT: Chapter 9
  CLAUDIUS: “A Speech on Incorporating the Gauls”
  SENECA: “The Pumpkinification of Claudius”
  TACITUS: “The Principle of Adoption”
  TACITUS: “The Legions Proclaim Vespasian Emperor”

11 Mon Apr 22 Legions and Provinces
♦ Position Paper Optional Draft Due
  BOATWRIGHT: Chapter 10
  JOSEPHUS: “The Roman Army in the First Century CE”
  LEGAL TEXT: “Law Concerning the Power of Vespasian”
  PLINY THE ELDER: “The Grandeur of Rome”
  PLINY THE YOUNGER: “Panegyric Addressed to the Emperor Trajan”
  PLINY THE YOUNGER: “The Correspondence of a Provincial Governor and the Emperor”
  STRABO, OXYRHYNCHOS: “Egypt under the Roman Empire”
  SUETONIUS: “How Domitian Attempted to Amuse the Populace”
  VARIOUS: “Roman Educational Practices”

12 Mon Apr 29 Governors and Gods
  BOATWRIGHT: Chapter 11
  MARCUS AURELIUS: “On the Virtue of Antoninus Pius”
  EUTROPIUS: “The Reign of Marcus Aurelius”
  HERODIAN: “How Didius Julianus Bought the Empire at Auction”
  VARIOUS: “The Lives of Soldiers and Sailors”

13 Mon May 6 The Third-Century Crisis
♦ Position Paper Due
  BOATWRIGHT: Chapter 12
  ZOSIMUS: “Imperial Weakness Invites Barbarian Aggression”
  EUSEBIUS: “The Persecution under Decius”
  VOPISCUS: “Aurelian’s Conquest of Palmyra”
  DIOCLETIAN, CONST.: “Efforts to Stabilize the Economy”

14 Mon May 13 Christians and Barbarians
  BOATWRIGHT: Chapter 13
  EUSEBIUS: “The Conversion of Constantine”
  CONSTANTINE: “The Edict of Milan”
  SOZOMEN: “Constantine Founds Constantinople, 324 CE”
  JULIAN: “Letter to Arsacius”
  AMMIANUS: “The Luxury of the Rich in Rome”
  PROCOPIUS: “Alaric’s Sack of Rome, 410 CE”
  RUTILIUS NAMATIANUS: “The Greatness of Rome in the Days of Ruin, 413CE”
  JORDANES: “The Battle of Chalôns, 451 CE”

  Mon May 20 Final Examination (6–8 p.m.)


Fri Feb 15 Last day to drop
Mon Feb 18 No classes
Wed Feb 20 Monday classes meet
Fri Apr 12 Deadline to withdraw
Mon Apr 8 Representations & Images Paper Due
Mon Mar 11 Position Paper: Proposal Due
Mon Apr 22     — Optional Draft Due
Mon May 6     — Final Paper Due