This interdisciplinary course begins with a survey of ancient Roman history and culture leading up to and including Roman Imperial expansion into Western Europe. In this initial segment we’ll also study two modern biographies of Julius Caesar, the remarkable man most responsible for expansion of the Roman Empire in the West. These biographies have been chosen for both their academic excellence and low cost to the student.
Keeping historical developments in mind, we'll next explore selected ancient literary texts in translation: including portions of Julius Caesar's own "Commentaries" on his Gallic campaigns and the works of Roman historians and biographers. Alongside these we shall consider how the "Romanization" of Western Europe which followed Caesar’s conquests influenced urban design, government, economics, architecture, art, language, religion, daily life, etc. from the first century BC on.
Students will complete a developmental research project focused on a fairly specific place (probably a single city, building, or road) created or significantly influenced by the ancient Romans which a modern visitor to Western Europe could encounter.
Students will have opportunities to develop and present their individual research throughout the semester. This research will culminate in a final in-class presentation and essay.
Students will also have the opportunity to submit proposals for presentations based on class research at the 2013 Mid-East Honors Conference.
Julius Caesar, by Philip Freeman (2008) ISBN: 978-0743289542. list price $17.00
Rubicon: The Last Years of the Roman Republic, by Tom Holland (2005) ISBN: 978-1400078974. list price $16.95
All other readings will be provided by the instructor from ISU library reserves and on-line resources.
MWF 9:00 – 9:50