Of all the civilizations that have ever existed, none have inspired as much wonder and awe as Ancient Rome. No society has replicated the achievements nor enjoyed the longevity that the Roman Empire did. This course explores the world of Ancient Rome as students investigate important events and key figures of the epoch. The individual lectures will examine major themes while touching upon the fascinating details of Roman life, such as the Romans' intensely hierarchical social order. Along the way, numerous facts of cultural literacy, such as what it means to "cross the Rubicon", will be illuminated as listeners enjoy Frances Titchener's unique style and finesse. At the end of this course, students will possess a thorough understanding of Ancient Rome's legacy to the modern world, and will have fully considered the poet Vergil's assertion that the Romans' talent was to "rule mankind and make the world obey."
Lecture 1 Introduction to Rome, Italy and the Romans, 1200-753 B.C.
Lecture 2 First There Were Kings: 753-510 B.C.
Lecture 3 Internal Conflict: the Patricians and Plebeian Orders: 510-287 B.C.
Lecture 4 Roman Expansion in Italy: 510-287 B.C.
Lecture 5 The First Punic War and the Emergence of Individuals: 264-421
Lecture 6 Rome's Greatest Enemy: The Second and Third Punic Wars
Lecture 7 Plantations and the Gracchi brothers
Lecture 8 The Rise of Marius through African and Italian Wars. 128-83 B.C.
Lecture 9 Strong Men Fight it Out: 123-53 B.C.
Lecture 10 And Then There was One: Julius Caesar: 53-44 B.C.
Lecture 11 Augustus, the Father of His Country: 43 B.C. - 14 A.D.
Lecture 12 The Empire's First Century: Julio-Claudians and Flavians: 14-96 A.D.
Lecture 13 Gibbon's Golden Age and the Beginning of the End: 96-303 A.D.
Lecture 14 Constantine, Barbarians and the Great Transformation: 303-476 A.D.