Rome – From Republic to Empire
This course will explore how Roman society transitioned from Republic to Empire. We will begin with an intro to Roman history from the foundation and then examine the chain of events which led to the emergence of an imperial system – a system which Romans swore at the founding of the Republic that they would never go back to. Caesar and Cicero, among others, will guide us through this period of violence, political turmoil, and social upheaval. In the second half of the course we will look at how the imperial system manifested itself by examining the writings of men who lived under it. “Woe is me! I think I am becoming a god!!!” Want to know if Vespasian did indeed become a god? Or why Caligula made his favourite horse a senator? What was Nero really doing while Rome burned? If you find these questions interesting, then this is the module for you! All sources will be in translation, no knowledge of Latin necessary (thankfully!).