History of Ancient Rome, HIA 321

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Week 8: End of the Republic

Thursday, March 26

(1) Video lectures on Youtube

  8a - Caesar's Assassination   8b - Antony and Octavian   Writing an Interpretive Essay (1): Thesis and Structure

(2) Do the readings


XVII. The Last Years of the Republic Ward217–230
XVIII. Social, Economic, and Cultural Life in the Late Republic Ward231–249


PLUTARCH / The Assassination of Julius Caesar Reader74
Q. CICERO / The Roman Candidate Reader57
SALLUST / Life in Rome in the Late Republic Reader59
CICERO / Scipio’s Dream Reader68
CICERO / On the Rise of Augustus Reader76
(3) Post in the comments below
(4) Take Quiz #5 (closed)

Take the quiz between March 26 and April 1.

  Quiz 5 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.