Spring 2012 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Hurst, Jeanette
Discipline and Number
HIST 4344 Section 001
MW Time 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM
Course Title
The Roman Empire

Description of Course:

This course is a survey of Roman history from the end of the Republic in the first century B.C. to the dissolution of the Empire in the West in the fifth century A.D. and the reign of Justinian in the East in the sixth century A.D. From republic to empire, from pagan to Christian, the history of the ancient Romans is one of innovation, adaptation and survival that has left its indelible mark on western societies. Special attention will be given to the forces that spawned the “Roman Revolution” and ushered in the Participate. The problems of the empire, its decline and fall as well as the religious and cultural transition from a pagan to a Christian society will also be examined. Emphasis will be placed on the reading and discussion of primary sources.

Required Texts:

Ward, Allen et al. A History of the Roman People. Pearson Education, 5th edition. 0-205-69526-4
Suetonius, The Caesars. Hackett Publishing. 1603843132
Seneca, The Stoic Philosophy of Seneca. Norton, 1968. 0-393-00459-7
Josephus, The Jewish War. Penguin, 1984. 0-14-044420-3
Procopius, The Secret History, Penguin, 2007. 0-14-045528-0
Tacitus, Agricola, Germany and Dialogue. Hackett Publishing, 2006. 0872208117
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, Random House, 2003. 0812968255.
The UTD library holds the latter two texts as e-books but due to copyright restrictions they are not always accessible.

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