The last great generation of the Roman Republic emerges from the historical mists. The dynamic between Caesar, Cato, Cicero, Crassus, and Pompey forms the axis around which the rest of this tale revolves.
The Roman historian Titus Livy (59 BCE – 17 CE) described the First Triumvirate as “a conspiracy against the state by its three leading citizens”, and this was exactly what it was. The three conspirators were: Caesar, Crassus, and Pompey.
There is an emphasis on the reading of ancient sources in translation, including Cicero, Sallust, Caesar, Augustus, Appian, Plutarch, and Suetonius.
By the end of the course, students will be able to:
1. Know the primary historical events of the Roman Republic starting in 78 BCE;
2. Critically discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the Roman system;
3. Discuss in detail and with nuance the causes and effects of the change in the Republic’s governance over time;
4. Engage with ancient political theorists like Polybius and Cicero, as well as modern ones, in discussions about the nature of the Republic; and
5. Relate in what ways the Roman system validly anticipates modern political problems.
OUR APPROACH TO HISTORY
Polyhistoria classes emphasize critical thinking, analyzing, evaluating, and creating. We believe that students learn history best by doing what professional historians do.
1) Students’ cameras and microphones must be turned on during the class.
2) This class requires the continuous use of logical thinking & hypothetical reasoning skills to critically and creatively analyze the topics covered in the class. These cognitive functions are generally not sufficiently developed until a student is 13+ years old. Students must have the ability to think critically and logically to analyze the topics covered in the class.
This class is taught with cliffhanger lecturing and instructor storytelling techniques designed to develop critical thinking skills and initiate lots of learner interaction.
1 hour per week in class, and an estimated 0 – 1 hours per week outside of class.
History, Classical Studies
Meets once a week for 8 weeks
4 – 9 learners, ages 13-17
[NO CLASS NOVEMBER 27]
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1. “Alexander to Actium: The Historical Evolution of the Hellenistic Age” Reprint Edition by Peter Green
2. “Plutarch’s Lives Volume 1” by Plutarch
3. “A History of the Ancient World” by Chester G. Starr
4. “The Roman Revolution” Revised Edition by Ronald Syme
5. “Rubicon” by Tom Holland
6. “The Roman Republic” Second Edition by Michael Crawford
7. “The Last Generation of the Roman Republic” by Erich S. Gruen
8. “The Fall of the Roman Republic” (Lancaster Pamphlets in Ancient History) 2nd Edition by David Shotter
9. “Caesar and Christ: A History of Roman Civilization and of Christianity from Their Beginnings to A.D. 325” (Story of Civilization) by Will Durant
10. “Rome, Inc.: The Rise and Fall of the First Multinational Corporation” by Stanley Bing
11. “The Crowd in Rome in the Late Republic” (Thomas Spencer Jerome Lectures) by Fergus Millar
12. ”History of Rome” by Michael Grant
13. “The Civil Wars” by Appian (Author), John Carter (Translator)
14. “The Roman Triumph” by Mary Beard
15. “The Celtic Empire: The First Millennium of Celtic History, 1000BC – AD51” by Peter Berresford Ellis
16. “Classical Bearings” by Green
17. “The Outline of History” by H. G. Wells
18. “The History of the Ancient World: From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome” by Susan Wise Bauer
19. “Catiline’s War, The Jurgurthine War, Histories” Unabridged by Sallust
20. “Caesar: Life of a Colossus” by Adrian Goldsworthy
21. “Cicero: The Life and Times of Rome’s Greatest Politician”
by Anthony Everitt
22. “Catiline, Clodius and Tiberius” by Edward Spencer Beesly
23. “The Assassination Of Julius Caesar: A People’s History Of Ancient Rome” by Michael Parenti
24. “The Civil War of Caesar” by Julius Caesar (Author), Jane P. Gardner (Translator)
25. “Cleopatra and Antony: Power, Love, and Politics in the Ancient World” by Diana Preston
26. “Cleopatra” by Michael Grant
27. “Caesar’s Gallic Wars 58-50 BC” by K. M. Gilliver
28. “The Twelve Caesars” by Suetonius
29. “The Twelve Caesars” by Suetonius (Author), Robert Graves (Translator)
Thrilled by the opportunity to teach cutting-edge social science scholarship to teenagers, I leapt at the opportunity to teach classes online. I enjoy old, rare books and gardening in Colorado, where even the incompetent can have beautiful roses. In addition to teaching and gardening, I remain actively involved in competitive sports, and you are cautioned not to wager against me at the ping-pong table.
I teach ancient languages, human & political world geography, history, philosophy, economics, political science …and anything else that catches my interest.