HIEU 102A – A
3 hours lecture, 4 units; letter grade or pass/no pass option
Dr. David Miano
Tues/Thurs 6:30-7:50 pm
Pepper Canyon 109
Thurs 3-5 pm
This course covers the political, economic, social, and intellectual history of the Roman
world from the foundation of the city of Rome (753 BCE) to the disintegration of the Western Empire (circa 500
CE). This course will emphasize the importance of the political and cultural contributions of Rome to modern
society. This is an upper-division course (juniors and seniors only). There are no prerequisites.
Students will acquire an historical perspective, permitting them to identify the personal and
cultural values that shape decisions in public, professional, and private lives, both in the past and present. They
will develop an awareness of the complexity of cultural change. They will learn the geography of the Roman
world. They will be introduced to the wide variety of tools, methods, and data that are available for conducting
historical research. They will learn to interpret literary, historical, and philosophical texts and to conduct
independent critical assessment of documents and ideas.
The Historians of Ancient Rome
(R. Mellor, ed.; Routledge, 1997); Cicero,
World Classics, 2001); Marcus Aurelius,
(Modern Library, 2003).
: The formal requirements of the course include regular attendance at class-meetings,
completion of assigned reading, three historical vocabulary tests (1/20, 2/10, 3/3), a formal paper (due 3/8),
three source analyses (or one special project), and a final examination (3/15).
historical vocabulary tests (10% each)
source analyses (5% each) OR one special project
Grades of papers handed in late will be lowered by 1/3 of a letter grade each day past the due date. Students will
do well in the course only if they attend lectures faithfully and keep up with the reading assignments.