The History of Ancient Rome

Term Spring 2020
Code HISTR01
Ages 11 & up
Instructor Dr. Thomas Milton Kemnitz
Price $450

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This is a year-long course; the first semester will cover Rome up to the assassination of Julius Caesar and the fall of the Republic; the second semester will cover the Roman Empire until its fall. The course will draw upon the enormous Royal Fireworks archive of photographs from museums and archeological sites.

In the first semester, students will learn how a small mud village in the middle of Italy become the most powerful city in the Western world. In the second semester, students will look in depth at how Augustus established the peace known as Pax Romana and the structure of the Empire, at what the Romans did with that peace as a great manufacturing power, and then at the dislocation that led to the fall of the Empire. Students will be expected to write brief answers to a question or two each week and to do a longer paper each semester on a topic of their choice.

Live classes will be held on Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The first semester begins the week of August 19th and ends the week of December 16th. The second semester begins the week of January 13th, 2020, and ends the week of May 11th. Students may join the class for the spring semester.  Students unable to attend a live class will be able to access a recording of the class.

Materials: A book that contains the readings required for this course is included with course registration. Students will also read translations of ancient texts that are readily available on the internet.

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