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Level 6

6AACHI40 The Rise of Rome, c.650-70 BC

Credit value: 30 
Module convenor/tutor:
 Professor Dominic Rathbone
Teaching pattern
: 20 x 2-hour lecture (weekly)
AvailabilityPlease see module list for relevant year
Assessment: 1 x 3-hour exam (100%)

Assessment pattern for single semester Study Abroad students
  • 6AACH40A The Rise of Rome C.650 to 250 BC - Semester 1 only
  • 6AACH40B The Rise of Rome C.250 to 70 BC - Semester 2 only

A single semester only version of the module may be available in certain years to Study Abroad students. Students should check the Study Abroad module catalogue for the relevant year for availability.

Assessment: 2 x 3,000 word essays (the higher marked essay is weighted at 70% while the lower is weighted at 30%)

Assessment pattern for Graduate Diploma students

Assessment: 3 x 3,000-word essays (100%, essays worth 1/3 each)

The modules offered in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand, there is no guarantee every module will run. Module descriptions and information may vary between years.

This module offers a long-period study of how Rome developed from a small fractious community to a Republic of farmer-soldier-voters which conquered and unified Italy and began acquisition of a Mediterranean empire.

We will combine ancient narrative accounts, antiquarian and documentary information and the archaeology of Rome and the Italian countryside to study topics including: the Roman historiographical tradition and its problems; the change from ‘kings’ to Republic; the creation and growth of the Roman peasantry; the expansion of Roman power in Italy; the wars of overseas conquest; the development of commercial farming, industry and slavery; the political system and challenges to it; Rome’s relations with her Italian allies, culminating in the first unification of Italy, and its political consequences (revolution).

Suggested introductory reading

This is suggested reading and purchase of these books is not mandatory.

  • T.J. Cornell, The Beginnings of Rome (1995).
  • H.H. Scullard, A History of the Roman World 753-146BC (4th edn. 1980; repr. 1991).
  • G. Forsythe, A Critical History of Early Rome: from Prehistory to the First Punic War (2005).
  • E. Bispham, The Roman Republic 264-44 BC (2013).
  • H.H. Scullard, From the Gracchi to Nero (5th edn, 1982; repr. 2011). 
  • ed. H.I. Flower, The Cambridge Companion to the Roman Republic (2004).
  • ed. N. Rosenstein & R. Morstein-Marx, A Companion to the Roman Republic (2006).
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