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The study of Roman history gives students an understanding of the foundations of the modern political system and the general dynamics of politics. Universal concepts like Senate, Parliament, Republic and Dictatorship, were conceived and established in Rome. The main events of its history present a clear pattern, unveiling contemporary politics as Machiavelli, the father of modern politics, has shown in the past. Even today, the most influential political think tanks base their strategy and analysis of the future on the clear cyclical model of the Roman Empire. It is therefore a key subject for those students interested in pursuing a political career.
The course charts Rome’s rise, maturity and decline with a focus on the political events that defined each age. The mode of the course is based around a combination of lectures, student/faculty led dis- cussions of primary reading (selections from Syme, Livy, Sallust, Taci- tus) and presentations of research papers. The political and military organization of Italy, the conquest of the Mediterranean. The Roman revolution, the Augustan age, the Pax Romana and Imperium Romanum. The rise of Christianity, the decline and fall of the empire, the transition to the Byzantine Empire and Medieval Europe, and Rome’s legacy to later history.
Cary, M. and H. H, Scullard, A History of Rome down to the Reign of Constantine, New York 1975
Shelton, J-A. As the Romans Did: A Sourcebook in Roman Social History, 2nd ed., New York 1998
Livy, The Early History of Rome, tr. A. de Selincourt, Penguin, 1960
Sallust, Jugurthine War; Conspiracy of Catiline, tr. S.A. Handford, Penguin, 1963
Syme, R. The Roman Revolution, Oxford University Press, 1939
Tacitus, The Annals of Imperial Rome, tr. Michael Grant, Penguin, rev. 1961
The Agricola and the Germania, tr. H. Mattingly rev. by S.A. Handford, Penguin, 1970
Vice Chancellor Dr. Ali Azzali holds a doctorate in History from the University of Parma in Italy. Dr. Azzali Lectures Classical Studies at Dallas College, is an excellent leader in education and a dynamic role model for all students.