Ancient Greece and Rome (HIST*2850) | College of Arts

Ancient Greece and Rome (HIST*2850)

Code and section: HIST*2850*01

Term: Winter 2016

Instructor: John Walsh


Course Synopsis:

The course examines the history of Ancient Greece and Rome from the Bronze Age to the collapse of the Roman Empire. Topics will include: Minoan-Mycenaean Civilizations, Homer and the Trojan War, Greek colonisation, the rise of the city-state, the Persian Wars, the Athenian democracy and empire, the Peloponnesian War, Alexander the Great, the Hellenistic world, the foundation of Rome, the Etruscans and early Rome, Rome’s rise to the dominant Mediterranean power, the fall of the Roman Republic, Augustus and the Founding of the Roman Empire, Rome’s major Emperors, the collapse of the Roman Empire.

Course Assessment & Weights:

Midterm Exam 25%
Research Paper 25%
Final Exam 50%

Required Texts:

Sarah B. Pomeroy et al., A Brief History of Ancient Greece: Politics, Society and Culture. 3rd ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.
Mary T. Boatwright, Daniel J. Gargola and Richard Talbert, A Brief History of the Romans. 2nd ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.