History of Ancient Rome, HIA 321

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Week 9: Augustus, Princeps, Imperator

Thursday, April 16

(1) Video lectures on Youtube

  9a - Octavian Becomes Augustus   9b - The Reign of Augustus   Writing an Interpretive Essay (2): Sources and Citations   Quiz 5 Recap

Main lecture videos to come.

(2) Do the readings


XIX. The Principate of the Early Roman Empire Takes Shape Ward250–262
XX. Imperial Stabilization under Augustus Ward263–278
XXI. The Impact of Augustus on Roman Imperial Life and Culture Ward279–293


CATULLUS / Selections Reader79
HORACE / The Secular Hymn Reader80
VELLEIUS PATERCULUS / The Battle of Teutoburg Forest Reader81
AUGUSTUS / Acts of the Divine Augustus Reader83
TACITUS / The Death of Augustus and the Accession of Tiberius Nero Reader87
(3) Post in the comments below
(4) Take Quiz #6 (closed)

Take the quiz between April 16 and 22.

  Quiz 6 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.