History of Ancient Rome, HIA 321

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Week 12: Third Century Crisis

Thursday, May 7

(1) Video lectures on Youtube
  12a - The Waning of Stability   12b - The Third Century Crisis   12c - Religion in the Roman Empire   Quiz 7 Recap
(2) Do the readings


XXVII. Conflicts and Crises under Commodus and the Severi Ward367–381
XXVIII. The Third-Century Anarchy Ward382–391
XXIX. Changes in Roman Life and Culture during the Third Century Ward392–407


ZOSIMUS / Imperial Weakness Invites Barbarian Aggression Reader113
EUSEBIUS / The Persecution under Decius Reader116
VOPISCUS / Aurelian’s Conquest of Palmyra Reader118
HERODIAN / How Didius Julianus Bought the Empire at Auction Reader110
VARIOUS / The Lives of Soldiers and Sailors Reader111
(3) Post in the comments below
(4) Take Quiz #8 (closed)

Take the quiz between May 7 and 13.

  Quiz 8 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.