54:262 Ancient History II: The Roman World [Winter]

Prerequisites: Nil.

Cannot be held with: 54:251.

This course examines the history of Roman civilization from the foundation of the city of Rome (trad. 753 BCE) to the collapse of the Western Empire in the fifth century C.E. It traces the development of Roman constitutional and political institutions through the Etruscan, Republican, and Imperial periods, and focuses on the Empire's eventual disinegration and transformation. Special attention will be given to the cultural, social and intellectual developments of the Roman world, embracing themes such as: conflict amongst the three orders (i.e., plebeian, equestrian and patrician), the emergence of new religious and philosophical traditions, as well as literary and artistic developments.

3 lecture hours per week, one term

Transfer Equivalents: Look up 54:262 in the BU Course Transfer Database.

Instructor: David Winter