The History of the Roman Empire

University of Galway

Course Description

  • Course Name

    The History of the Roman Empire

  • Host University

    University of Galway

  • Location

    Galway, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Classics, European Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This module gives an overview of the Roman Empire from its beginnings until the reign of Constantine. Within this vast expanse of space and time we will focus on three historical moments: Augustus and the empire?s beginning, Roman Britain as an example of life in the provinces, and finally, Constantine?s transformation of the Roman world into a Christian one divided between East and West. Students will also be introduced to the study of primary historical sources and how historians use them to construct a picture of the past. Recommended reading Suetonius, The Twelve Caesars (online or Penguin) David Shorter, Augustus Caesar (Routledge) Tacitus, Agricola and Germania (online or Penguin) A.K. Bowman, Life and Letters on the Roman Frontier (British Museum) Eusebius, Life of Constantine, ed. and trans. Averil Cameron and Stewart Hall, (Oxford 1999) Ramsay MacMullen, Christianizing the Roman Empire AD 100?400. (Yale, 1984)

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