History of Ancient Rome, HIA 321

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Week 10: Succession and Empire

Thursday, April 23

(1) Video lectures on Youtube

  10a - After Augustus (Part 1)   10b - After Augustus (Part 2)   10c - The Flavian Principate   Quiz 6 Recap

(2) Do the readings


XXII. The First Two Julio–Claudian Emperors: Tiberius and Gaius Ward294–305
XXIII. Claudius, Nero, and the End of the Julio–Claudians Ward306–316
XXIV. The Crisis of the Principate and Recovery under the Flavians Ward317–326


CLAUDIUS / A Speech on Incorporating the Gauls Reader90
SENECA / The Pumpkiniļ¬cation of Claudius Reader91
TACITUS / The Principle of Adoption Reader95
TACITUS / The Legions Proclaim Vespasian Emperor Reader96
JOSEPHUS / The Roman Army in the First Century CE Reader97
LEGAL TEXT / Law Concerning the Power of Vespasian Reader99
PLINY THE YOUNGER / Panegyric Addressed to the Emperor Trajan Reader102
PLINY THE YOUNGER / Correspondence of a Governor and the Emperor Reader103
SUETONIUS / How Domitian Attempted to Amuse the Populace Reader107
(3) Post in the comments below
(4) Submit your Representations & Images Essay (email to professor)


Discussion and Presentations

Respond to and discuss the readings and lecture. Also try to react to what other students are saying. This is where we get at what these readings and ideas are all about, so discussing and interacting here is absolutely vital.

  • Your comments should include your reactions to the arguments made in the readings, both specific points made by the writers and their overall claims, assumptions, and biases, as well as responses to comments made by other students.
  • Your participation grade will be derive not only from the fact that you have posted, but on how well you contribute to the discussion of that day’s topic.

Make sure to also include a question that arose from you from today's readings or lecture. It can be any kind of question, but ideally something that provokes some discussion.