The Republican Period

Course Information
TitleΡεπουμπλικανική Περίοδος / The Republican Period
CodeΙΡΩ 703
SchoolHistory and Archaeology
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600015981

Programme of Study: Historical Research

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Archaías Ellīnikīs kai Rōmaïkīs IstoríasElective CoursesWinter/Spring-15

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Class ID
Course Type 2011-2015
Knowledge Deepening / Consolidation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction)
Learning Outcomes
Students who attend the course are expected to • understand the theoretical questions concerning the character of the Roman Republic and the historical sources on which the study of the period in question is based. • learn the basic features of the political and social organization of the Roman Republic. • Comprehend the process that led to the gradual collapse of the republican institutions. • to become sensitive to methodological and practical issues related to their field of study • practice their skills to present orally and in written their ideas and arguments.
General Competences
  • Work autonomously
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The seminar concerns the Republican Period of Roman History. After presenting the modern historical approaches of the period and the primary historical sources on which its study is based, the course will proceed with the examination of the political and social organization of Rome in the middle and late Republic. The boards of magistrates (consules, praetores, aediles, quaestores, censores), the Roman assemblies (comitia centuriata, comitia tributa, concilium plebis), the Senate, the duties and the rights of the tribuni plebis, the institution of patronage, the organization of Roman Italy, the social developments in Rome from the 2nd century BC onwards, the reforms of the Gracchi and the degeneration of the republican institutions in the 1st century B.C. will be the focal points of the seminar. Course Weekly Schedule Week 1: General Introduction. The Republican Period and its main historical aspects. The primary historical sources for the period. Week 2: The magistrates of the Res Publica: consules, praetores, aediles, quaestores, censores. General survey and discussion of sources Week 3: The Senate of the Republican Rome. Discussion of selected sources. Week 4: The Roman assemblies: comitia centuriata, comitia tributa, concilium plebis. Discussion of selected sources. Week 5: The duties and the rights of the tribuni plebis. Discussion of selected sources. Week 6: Patronage in the Roman Republic. Discussion of selected sources. Week 7: The οrganization of Roman Italy. Discussion of selected sources. Week 8: The Roman society in the 3rd century BC . Discussion of selected sources. Week 9: Social developments in 2nd-century BC Rome. Discussion of selected sources. Week 10: Tiberius Gracchus. Discussion of selected sources. Week 11: Gaius Gracchus. Discussion of selected sources. Week 12: From Gracchi to Sulla. Discussion of selected sources. Week 13: From Sulla to Caesar. Discussion of selected sources.
Rome, Italian "Confederacy", Republican period, Libera res publica: constitution, policy, crisis.
Educational Material Types
  • Selected Bibliography
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment2006.7
Written assigments2117.0
Student Assessment
Students will have to study weekly specific book chapters, articles and primary sources, and present, orally or in written, brief reports of their critical reading. Students' evaluation will depend on their weekly presentations, their ability to argue and to answer complicated questions based on bibliography and the relevant sources, and on their final essay for the course.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative)
Additional bibliography for study
M. I. Rostovtzeff, Ρωμαϊκή Ιστορία (μετάφραση Β. Κάλφογλου, επιμέλεια Ι. Τουλουμάκος), Αθήνα 1984. C. Mackay, Αρχαία Ρώμη. Στρατιωτική και Πολιτική Ιστορία (μετάφραση Δ. Ζάννη, επιμέλεια Ι. Ξυδόπουλος), Αθήνα 2007, 41-377. Κ. Μπουραζέλης, Οι Τρόφιμοι της Λύκαινας, Αθήνα 2017. G. Alföldy, Ιστορία της ρωμαϊκής κοινωνίας (μετάφραση Άγγελος Χανιώτης), Αθήνα 1992. M. Crawford, Η Ρεπουμπλικανική Ρώμη (μτφρ. Ν. Ρουμπέκας, Ο. Παναγιωτίδου), Θεσσαλονίκη 2016 Jean Andreau - Raymond Descat, Δούλος στην Ελλάδα και τη Ρώμη (μτφρ. Δ. Παπαδουκάκης), Αθήνα 2013. Cambridge Ancient History (second edition), volumes VII.2, VIII, ΙΧ. N. Rosenstein, R. Morstein-Marx (επιμ.), A Companion to the Roman Republic, Oxford 2006. A. Lintott, Imperium Romanum. Politics and Administration, London 1993 H. Flower (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to the Roman Republic, Cambridge 2004. W. M. Beard- M. H. Crawford, Rome in the Late Republic, London 1985. Cl. Nicolet (ed.), Rome et la conquete du monde mediterraneen tome 1. Les structures de l' Italie Romaine, Paris 1977. Cl. Nicolet, The World of the Citizen in Republican Rome, London 1980. P. A. Brunt, Social Conflicts in the Roman Republic, London 1971. P. A. Brunt, The Fall of the Roman Republic, Oxford 1988 E. T. Salmon, Roman Colonization, London 1969. A. N. Sherwin-White, Roman Citizenship, Oxford 1973 (second edition) P. A. Brunt, Italian Manpower, Oxford 1987 (revised edition) T. W. Potter, Roman Italy, London 1987. M. Humbert, Municipium et civitas sine suffragio, Paris 1978. W. Kunkel, An Introduction to Roman Legal and Constitutional History, Oxford 1973 (second edition) D. Stockton, The Gracchi, Oxford 1979 A. Lintott, Violence in Republican Rome, Oxford 1968 F. Hinard, Les proscriptions de la Rome republicain, Rome 1985 E. S. Gruen, The Last Generation of the Roman Republic, Berkeley-Los Angeles 1974. W. Nippel, Public Order in Ancient Rome, London 1995. H. Mouritsen, Plebs and Politics in the Late Roman Republic, New York 2001. F. Millar, The Crowd in Rome in the Late Republic, Ann Arbor 1998. P. Vanderbroeck, Popular Leadership and Collective Behavior in the Late Roman Republic, Amsterdam 1987.
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