The Rise of the Roman Republic c.350-100 BC - CLAS7320

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2021 to 2022
Autumn Term 5 15 (7.5) Christopher Burden-Strevens checkmark-circle


This module examines in detail the history of the Roman Republic from 350 BC through to 100 BC, and provides both a survey of a major period of Roman history and an opportunity to study in greater depth the political, social, and economic consequences of the development of Rome's imperial ambitions in the Mediterranean. Students will read widely in the ancient sources, historical, literary and documentary. Students will read widely from a range of works including Polybius, Plutarch, Livy, Appian, Cicero, and Sallust.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 20
Private Study Hours: 130
Total Study Hours: 150


Autumn or Spring

Method of assessment

Essay (2,500 words) – 70%
Short Critical Assessment (1,200 words) – 30%

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List.

Astin, A.E, Walbank, F.W. and Frederiksen, M.W. (1987) The Cambridge Ancient History VIII: Rome and the Mediterranean to 133 BC (CUP, Cambridge).
Brunt, P. (1993) Social Conflicts in the Roman Republic (Norton, London).
DeRose Evans, J. (2013). A Companion to the Archaeology of the Roman Republic (Blackwell, Oxford).
Flower, H.I. (2014) The Cambridge Companion to the Roman Republic (CUP, Cambridge).
Harris, W.V. (1995) War and Imperialism in the Republican Rome (Clarendon, Oxford).
Hopkins, K. (1981) Conquerors and Slaves (CUP, Cambridge).
Rosenstein, N and Morstein-Marx, R. (2010) A Companion to the Roman Republic (Blackwell, Oxford).
Woolf, G. (2013) Rome: An Empire's Story (OUP, Oxford).

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. Articulate the main events, issues and themes in the history of the Roman Republic from the commencement of imperial expansion to 100 BC;
2. Demonstrate a conceptual understanding of the complex processes relating to administrative, constitutional, social, economic and religious change in the Roman Republic
during this period;
3. Thoughtfully examine special features of the period such as the evolution of the imperial bureaucracy and the working of the mechanism of patronage, both in the centre and
the provinces;
4. Demonstrate an understanding of the relevant different kinds of evidence (official, literary, visual and archaeological) and be able to show familiarity with and assess and
use of the key documents, and have an understanding of the uses of the different categories of evidence in the investigation of historical problems;
5. Construct historical arguments, orally and in writing, which deploy established techniques of the discipline, such as independence of thought and knowledge of the ancient
sources, literary and otherwise;
6. Demonstrate familiarity with the ancient sources, historical, literary and documentary, and have an understanding of inscriptional evidence for the history of the Roman


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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