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JOHN CABOT UNIVERSITY

COURSE CODE: "CL/HS 231-1"
COURSE NAME: "History of Ancient Rome and Italy"
SEMESTER & YEAR: Fall 2018
SYLLABUS

INSTRUCTOR: Benedetta Bessi
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: MW 10:00-11:15 AM
TOTAL NO. OF CONTACT HOURS: 45
CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES:
OFFICE HOURS:

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course surveys the history of ancient Rome and Italy, focusing on the origins and metamorphoses of Rome from its archaic foundations as an Italic-Latinate kingship to an imperial city. The course examines the establishment, expansion, and conflicts of the Republican period; the political and cultural revolution of the Augustan ‘Principate’; the innovations of the High Empire; and the transition into Late Antiquity. Course materials include the writings of ancient authors in translation (these may include Polybius, Sallust, Cicero, Livy, Augustus, Suetonius, and/or Tacitus) as well as modern historians and archaeologists, along with considerations of Roman art, architecture, and archaeology.
SUMMARY OF COURSE CONTENT:
 This course surveys the history of ancient Rome and Italy. Focus will be on the main lines of the development of Rome from its archaic foundation as an Italic-Latinate kingship down to the age of Constantine. The course will examine the establishment, expansion, and conflicts of the Roman Republic and the political and cultural evolution of the Augustan ‘Principate’ to the rise of the Empire. Readings (in translation) will include the writings of Livy,Cicero, Caesar, Tacitus, Suetonius and other ancient authors, with some consideration of Roman culture, society and religion.
A field trip to a museum/exhibition relavant to the course topic  will be organized in the course of the semester (cost around 10 euros to be paid by the student).
LEARNING OUTCOMES:

By the end of the course, students will have learned of the methods, means, and justifications by which the Roman city-state expanded into a politically and militarily strong, ethnically diverse and geographically complex empire as well as the reasons for its eventual collapse.

Key Skills Taught: Critical analysis of sources - Clearer writing ability - More lucid oral expression - Greater facility in working independently and in team
TEXTBOOK:
Book TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberComments
A Brief Hisotry of the RomansM. BoatwrightOUP978-0199987559  
REQUIRED RESERVED READING:
NONE

RECOMMENDED RESERVED READING:
NONE
GRADING POLICY
-ASSESSMENT METHODS:
AssignmentGuidelinesWeight
research paper a formal research paper on a topic of social or cultural history (3000 words, notes and bibliography in Chicago style)25%
midterm exam in class exam with short answers and essay question30%
final exam non cumulative final exam 35%
attendance and class participation 10%

-ASSESSMENT CRITERIA:
AWork of this quality directly addresses the question or problem raised and provides a coherent argument displaying an extensive knowledge of relevant information or content. This type of work demonstrates the ability to critically evaluate concepts and theory and has an element of novelty and originality. There is clear evidence of a significant amount of reading beyond that required for the course
BThis is highly competent level of performance and directly addresses the question or problem raised.There is a demonstration of some ability to critically evaluatetheory and concepts and relate them to practice. Discussions reflect the student’s own arguments and are not simply a repetition of standard lecture andreference material. The work does not suffer from any major errors or omissions and provides evidence of reading beyond the required assignments.
CThis is an acceptable level of performance and provides answers that are clear but limited, reflecting the information offered in the lectures and reference readings.
DThis level of performances demonstrates that the student lacks a coherent grasp of the material.Important information is omitted and irrelevant points included.In effect, the student has barely done enough to persuade the instructor that s/he should not fail.
FThis work fails to show any knowledge or understanding of the issues raised in the question. Most of the material in the answer is irrelevant.

-ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Attendance is mandatory and it will be taken at the beginning of each session. More than 4 unexcused absences will result in the lowering of the grade (A to A-; A-to B+ etc.).
ACADEMIC HONESTY
As stated in the university catalog, any student who commits an act of academic dishonesty will receive a failing grade on the work in which the dishonesty occurred. In addition, acts of academic dishonesty, irrespective of the weight of the assignment, may result in the student receiving a failing grade in the course. Instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean of Academic Affairs. A student who is reported twice for academic dishonesty is subject to summary dismissal from the University. In such a case, the Academic Council will then make a recommendation to the President, who will make the final decision.
STUDENTS WITH LEARNING OR OTHER DISABILITIES
John Cabot University does not discriminate on the basis of disability or handicap. Students with approved accommodations must inform their professors at the beginning of the term. Please see the website for the complete policy.

SCHEDULE

 

WEEK 1

Mon Sept 3 Introduction of course and course material.

Geographical and historical background.

Wed Sept 5 Italy in the Early Iron Age and the origins of Rome

textbook, ch. 1

WEEK 2

Mon Sept 10 Legendary traditions on the origins of Rome

Livy, selected passages

Wed Sept 12  Rome's First Centuries

textbook, ch. 2

WEEK 3

Mon Sept 17 Rome and Italy in the Fourth Century

textbook, ch. 3

Wed Sept 19  Rome and Carthage

WEEK 4

Mon 24 The Beginnings of a Mediterranean Empire

textbook, ch. 4

Wed Sept 26 Italy and Empire

textbook, ch. 5

 

WEEK 5 

Mon Oct 1 Italy Threatened, Enfranchised, Divided

textbook, ch. 6

Wed Oct 3 The domination of Sulla

textbook, ch. 7 (up to p. 124)

WEEK 6

Mon Oct 8 Spartacus' revolt and Catilina's conspiracy

textbook, ch. 7 (from p. 124)

Wed Oct 10 Midterm review

WEEK 7

Mon Oct 15 Midterm exam

Wed Oct 17 Research skills workshop

Library material

 

WEEK 8

Mon Oct 22 End of the Republic: Caesar's dictatorship textbook, ch. 8

  

 Wed Oct 24 Augustus and the transformation of the Roman world

textbook, ch 9

WEEK 9

Mon Oct 29 The Julio Claudian 

textbook, ch. 10

Wed Oct 31 The Flavians 

textbook, ch. 11 (up to p. 227)

WEEK 10

Mon Nov 5 Nerva, Trajan

textbook, ch. 11 (up to p. 234)

Wed Nov 7 Hadrian, Antoninus Pius

text book ch. 11 (up to the end) and ch. 12 (up to p. 256)

 

WEEK  11

Mon Nov 12 Marcus Aurelius, Commodus

textbook ch. 12 (up to p. 256)

 

Wed Nov 14 The Severan dynasty

textbook, ch. 12 (up to the end) 

 

WEEK 12

Mon Nov 19

Chicago style notes and bibliography workshop

Library material

Wed Nov 21 The third century crisis

WEEK 13

Mon Nov 26 The Advent of Christianity

Wed Nov 28 Diocletian and the Tetrarchy

textbook, Ch. 13 (up to p. 284)

WEEK 14

Mon Dec 3 Constantine  

textbook ch. 13 (from p. 284 to the end)

Wed Dec 5 The fall of Roman Western empire and other (hi)stories

Wrap up session and final review