HUMN 312 / CLAS 312 / HIST 312: Ancient Rome Report a Broken Link

Welcome to Ancient Rome, a third-year course that is cross-listed as Humanities 312, Classics 312, and History 312. This course examines the fascinating events and developments during a formative period in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. The following items are required readings for the course, in addition to the course website and textbooks.

Unit 1: Introduction



Unit 2: Early Rome (c. 1000 - 509 BCE); Roman Religion


All assigned readings for Unit 2 are from the course textbooks.

Unit 3: Roman Society and Its Organization


All assigned readings for Unit 3 are from the course textbooks.
You will need to read this article to complete Skills Module 1.

Unit 4: The Republic (509 BCE - 31 BCE)


Livy. Excerpt from The War with Hannibal, translated by Aubrey de Selincourt, pp. 194-199. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1965. (23.22-25)
Note: This digital resource must be accessed directly from your online course site.
The assigned reading begins with numbered paragraph 84 and ends with numbered paragraph 86.
Julius Caesar. Excerpt from "Part I: The Struggle Begins." In Caesar: The Civil War, translated by J. F. Gardner, pp. 35-43. London: Penguin Books, 1967. (1.1 - 1.12)
Note: This digital resource must be accessed directly from your online course site.

Unit 5: Roman Architecture and Engineering


All assigned readings for Unit 5 are from the course textbooks.

Unit 6: Latin Literature of the Republic; Roman Philosophy


Bill Thayer's home page is found at http://penelope.uchicago.edu/Thayer/E/home.html.

Begin reading on page 78.

Click on "Cicero's text" for the content of the reading.
The Fourth Tractate: On True Happiness. Read pages 67 and 68.

Unit 7: Return to One-Man Rule; The Julio-Claudians (27 BCE – 68 CE)


Eder, Walter. “Augustus and the Power of Tradition.” In The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Augustus, edited and translated by Karl Galinsky, pp. 13-32. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2005.
Note: This digital resource must be accessed directly from your online course site.
Tacitus. Excerpt from Annals of Imperial Rome, translated by Michael Grant, pp. 363-365. New York: Penguin, 1973.
Note: This digital resource must be accessed directly from your online course site.

Unit 8: Golden and Silver Age Literature


Horace. Excerpts from Horace: The Complete Odes and Epodes, translated, with notes, by W. G. Shepard. Harmondsworth, England: Penguin, 1983.
Note: This digital resource must be accessed directly from your online course site.
Home page for this source is found at http://www.poetryintranslation.com/.
Virgil. Excerpt from Virgil's Georgics, Book One, II. 461-514. Translated by Janet Lembke. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2005.
Note: This digital resource must be accessed directly from your online course site.
Statius. Excerpt from Silvae (IV.1), edited and translated by D. R. Shackleton Bailey, pp. 244-249. London and Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2003.
Note: This digital resource must be accessed directly from your online course site.
Tacitus. Chapter I: "From Augustus to Tiberius." In Annals of Imperial Rome, translated by Michael Grant, pp. 31-42. Rev. ed. New York: Penguin, 1973.
Note: This digital resource must be accessed directly from your online course site.

Unit 9: The Year of the Four Emperors, the Flavian Emperors, and the Roman Army


All assigned readings for Unit 9 are from the course textbooks.

Unit 10: The Zenith of the Empire to the Severans (96 to 235 CE)


The Zenith of the Empire to the Severans (96 to 235 CE)

Unit 11: Empire in Crisis and Restored


All assigned readings for Unit 11 are from the course textbooks.

Unit 12: Constantine and the Late Empire


Lee, A. D. “Traditional Religions.” In The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Constantine, edited by Noel Lenski, pp. 159-179. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006.
Locate the assigned reading by following the bolded Roman numerals in the above citation.