How did a farming community on the banks of the Tiber River grow into one of the largest and most densely populated territorial empires in world history? We will study the contexts, causes, and consequences of a small republican city-state's rise to imperial domination, through analysis of primary sources in translation and discussion of recent archaeological findings. Our emphasis will be on the development of Roman society, the growth and transformation of republican government, and the Republic's afterlives in modern politics and culture.
The Roman Republic (HA)
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