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History 37A: Early Rome Attendance to discussion is optional yet recommended. There are 3 exams to test material throughout the quarter. October 13, November 3, and December 1. The first will be worth 30% with the following two being worth 35%. The grading scale is the normal 80-89 is a B style format. September 25, 2006 There are three major epochs in Roman History 1. Regal period (foundation of Rome to 509 BCE) a. Legendary, latin for ‘wrecks’ or ‘rex’ b. Very little reliable material i. What we do know comes from the Romans themselves. ii. Actually historians came in to effect later in history and found out what had happened in the past and documented it. So we can get some useful information from all of these legends, but we are not sure which of them are true. 2. Republic (509 BC to 31 BCE) a. Civil war in Rome, one ruler began 3. Empire (31 BCE to CE 476) Legendary Origins and Regal Period - Mainly legendary material - First foundation myth: Romulus and Rome o Orphans were put on a basket down a river, floated and were raised by wolves. o These were the guys that actually founded the city of Rome. o When you make a city, you draw a line all around where the city should go o Remus jumped over the line, and said haha, I jumped over the walls of Rome o Romulus killed him because nobody shall breach the walls of Rome. o Almost everybody in Rome is male o Romulus goes around to neighboring cities, and asks people if he can have their daughters, but many of them didn’t like the looks of the dirty city, so they said no. o Solved problem by waiting until there was a big festival and had a big production in Rome, and hosted a play for other cities to come to. Roman men armed themselves and came out, took the women from the men and raped them. This is known as the Rape of the Sabine Women. o The men go back and assemble an army
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By the time that the army came to fight, when the Sabine men came, the women and kids ran out onto the battlefield and made the men make peace. - A second foundation myth (subject of Virgil’s Aeneid) traced to the fall of Troy: Aeneas escaped and relocated to Italy (note the Julian clan claimed descent from Aeneas’ son Iulus) Rome is located basically directly in the middle of Italy. The roman empire was dotted with little cities. Each city was pretty much it’s own state, with it’s own defense and army. Each city would fight among each other and would actually think of themselves as Greeks and would not exactly have unity with one another because they were connected with one another within the empire. The empire was basically the whole Mediterranean area. No currency for a very long time, bartering was the currency of the time. While these city—states were not so unified, once they came upon an attack from an outside source, they would band together and fight as one. The Trojan War
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