[HIST 222] Roman Civilization

Ancient Rome produced great works of literature, art, and architecture, and was the model for the American Republic. Yet its people enjoyed the bloodsports of the arena and engaged in the ruthless conquest and subjugation of much of the Mediterranean world. This course explores the history and culture of this seemingly contradictory civilization, from its origins as an Etruscan kingdom through the rise of the Republic and its transition into Empire. Through a critical and integrated analysis of literary and material culture, students develop a picture of what it meant to be Roman, and consider what it might mean to see ourselves as the inheritors of a Roman tradition.

Course Title

Roman Civilization

Course Code

HIST 222



Fulfills Domain/Capstone Requirements



Offered fall term (odd years).


Also listed as Greek, Latin, and Ancient Mediterranean Studies 204.

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