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HIST 211 History of Rome to 411 A.D. • 5 Cr.


Explores the military, political and economic reasons for Rome's rise to domination in the West. Includes discussion of its legal and social systems, the cities complex infrastructure, the role of slavery in the Republic and Empire, the constitution, transition to Empire, and the rise of Christianity.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Identify the strengths and weaknesses of the Roman constitution.
  • Describe the nature of Roman society, and the importance of slavery to the economy of the ancient world.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the factors which allowed Christianity to become the dominant ideology by the end of the Roman world.
  • Recite the technologies and tactics that made the Roman army dominant in the Mediterranean world.
  • Define the nature of a highly organized, complex city-state.
  • Identify the relationships between provincial and Roman elites.
  • Compare various historiographical views concerning the fall of Rome and its impact on western history.

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