HIST 205 - Ancient History: Roman History


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Course Description: 

Expanding from a small city state into an empire spanning the Mediterranean and Europe, Rome became the main power of the Classical World. This class will analyze the processes of expansion and contact as Rome conquered a large variety of cultures. Through the analysis of various topics including the military, economics, politics and social development, this class will tracks developments in Roman as well and Provincial society. Contact with non-Roman groups and shifting meaning of what it meant to be Roman will be a major theme of this course.


Required Course Materials: 

  • Marcel Le Glay et al. A History of Rome 4th ed. New York: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009.

All other reading assignments will be posted on D2l or a link will be provided for you.


Course Requirements: 

The goal of this course is to introduce students to the skills of the ancient historian. Ancient historians spend a great deal of effort interpreting, challenging and engaging the works of ancient authors and material culture. The interpretive skills used in this course will help students in a wide variety of fields that require critical engagement and written analysis.

Participation is 20% of the total grade and includes active participation in discussion of the readings, which will occur each day since this is a Summer I course. Student should come prepared having read the material and considered the topic. Discussion of readings will be on the primary sources provided on D2L.

This course will have three history labs which will be another 20% of your grade. These labs will provide hands on experience with certain topic of the ancient world, so come with an active imagination.  The three labs will cover different aspects of Roman culture, and ask you the student to engage in short historical re-enactments.  Two of these will take place outside of class as small group assignments.  The Triumph Lab will involve the participation of the entire class as one large group during the normal course lecture time.  Each lab will be accompanied by a short written assignment, in which you will respond to the primary evidence provided with the lab prompt, and respond to your experience of the reenactment. 

A smaller 10% of your grade will consist of three quizzes. The first quiz will be a geography quiz in the first week and the other two quizzes will be given randomly throughout the semester.

Finally, the core of the grades for this course will be in a midterm and a final exam. These exams will test your use and analysis of the primary sources as well as some basic knowledge of the topic. You will learn the methods needed to engage the primary sources as the semester progresses. The midterm will only test the abilities you learned up to that point and the final will examine how well you use all the skills learned in the class. You will not be tested on anything outside of what we learn in class.


Course Grading: 

  • Participation- 20%
  • History Labs and written response- 20%
  • Quizzes- 10%
  • Midterm and Final- 50%


Course Policies: 


  • No Cell Phones or texting. I also prohibit laptops in the class as they distract students from being an active participant in the classroom. Not only do they distract the student they also tend to distract the surrounding students as well. If you need to use a laptop for disability purposes come see or email the instructor.
  • Respect your fellow class members. We are here to have a civil discussion; there will be no yelling, cursing, insults, or any other demeaning action.
  • Do not interrupt other classmates, but wait patiently for your turn.
  • No drinking alcoholic beverages or tobacco.
  • Do not work on other classes while in discussion, try to participate and speak only about topics related to the class.


Academic Integrity:

Cheating, plagiarism or anything of such a nature will be handled according to the policies of the University of Arizona. You must be familiar with the Code of Academic Integrity and act with honor and integrity. Plagiarism and dishonesty is a terrible practice that can lead to your expulsion from the University and rob you of your education. It is unfair to your fellow students and a disservice to yourself. There is Zero Tolerance policy for such behavior and you will at the very least fail the course if caught.


Class Participation:

Learning is most effective when it is not passive.  Your class participation score will be granted on the basis of active participation in classroom activities.  This includes classroom discussions, of course, but also your active involvement in course lectures by remaining attentive and taking notes.  Active participation in the course will greatly enhance the value of what you take from the class.  It is crucial to stay current with the reading schedule, because the readings are designed to supplement and complement the lectures and do not by design cover the same material.  THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR ENROLLING IN THIS CLASS!  I strongly feel that “live”classes are imminently superior to their online counterparts, in all respects: this class could be and has been taught online, but the experience is highly limited for both student and instructor.  The human interactions which structure this course would not be possible in an online format, and I applaud you for the decision to commit to a “live” course.  Fight the power.


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Department of History
Cesar E. Chavez
Main Office, Room 415 
1110 James E. Rogers Way
Tucson, AZ 85721
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