History of Ancient Rome, HIA 321

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Week 11: The Roman Peace

Thursday, April 30

(1) Video lectures on Youtube
  11a - The World of the Principate   11b - The Five Good Emperors
(2) Do the readings


XXV. The Five “Good” Emperors of the Second Century Ward327–342
XXVI. Culture, Society, and Economy in the First Two Centuries A.D. Ward343–366


PLINY THE ELDER / The Grandeur of Rome Reader100
STRABO, OXYRHYNCHOS PAPYRI / Egypt under the Roman Empire Reader105
VARIOUS / Roman Educational Practices Reader108
MARCUS AURELIUS / On the Virtue of Antoninus Pius Reader109
EUTROPIUS / The Reign of Marcus Aurelius Reader110
(3) Post in the comments below
(4) Take Quiz #7 (closed)

Take the quiz between April 30 and May 6.

  Quiz 7 Recap


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.