The Fall of The Roman Republic
Set foot inside the Roman halls of power during a time of great change. Chart political instability and violence in the lead up to Augustus becoming Roman Emperor. Evaluate ancient and modern sources in an effort to locate the truth of what happened.
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At the completion of this subject it is expected that students will have:
- describe the Roman Republican political process and fundamental political developments in Rome during the so-called Roman Revolution
- critically evaluate ancient source material and modern interpretations based on that material
- formulate arguments and articulate ideas and communicate and convey their views in written communication
- demonstrate an appreciation of the larger issues which engage historians (particularly, in this case, the factors that lead to social cohesion in a given community; the factors that lead to social and political dysfunction; and the desirable qualities of political leadership).
- An introduction to Roman culture and history
- The Rise of Rome to 146 BC
- Scipio Aemilianus
- Problems facing Rome in the mid-second century
- 133 BC: tribunates of Tiberius Sempronius Gracchus
- Killing Tiberius Gracchus: beginning of violence
- Archaeological evidence for the Gracchan land program
- 123-121 BC: the tribunates of Gaius Gracchus
- C. Marius
- Civil war and Sulla's domination
- Pompey the Great
You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
You are recommended to have completed the following subjects(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this subject:
- MUR-BAR100-Academic Learning Skills
- SWI-COM10006-Academic Literacies: Learning and Communication Practice
No special requirements
This subject examines Roman history from 168 BC until the emergence of Augustus as Rome's 'First Man'. You will examine the effect upon Roman institutions of Rome's domination of the Mediterranean and investigate the rise of political instability and violence, which led to civil war, and the establishment of military autocracy. Particular attention will be paid to the changing expression of leadership qualities in Rome, the ideology of Rome's political class and evolving moral tradition. It is intended that at the end of this subject you will understand the ethos of the Roman Republic's political elite as it met Rome's changing circumstances; and understand the complex phenomenon of that Republic's failure at the very time of Rome's successful imperial expansion around the Mediterranean basin.
- Assignment 1 (30%)
- Assignment 2 (30%)
- Non-Invigilated Exam (40%)