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Description

This course explores the political, social, and economic factors commonly offered to explain the fall of the Roman Republic:

growth of the territorial empire, increased intensity of aristocratic competition, transformation of the Italian economy, growth of the city of Rome and dependence of the urban plebs, changes in military recruitment and dependence of soldiers on their generals. There is an emphasis on the reading of ancient sources in translation, including Cicero, Sallust, Caesar, Augustus, Appian, Plutarch, and Suetonius.

Course Curriculum

  • Introduction Unlimited
  • The Social War and the Unification of Italy Unlimited
  • Feeding the City: Rome and the Annona Unlimited
  • The Emergence of the Augustan Principate Unlimited

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