Loyola University Chicago

John Felice Rome Center

CLST 276 World of Classical Rome

Summer 2016 - Session I

Department of Classical Studies

CLST 276 World of Classical Rome                                                                                         Dr. J. Makowski

Rome Center Summer I 2016                                                                                                   jmakow1@luc.edu






Rome the Eternal City!  In this course you will study the history of a city and the history of a people from the origins of Rome as a humble shepherd village to its rise as the world’s mightiest empire.  You will learn something about the political and social institutions that made Rome great, and in the process you will encounter larger-than-life personages like Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, and the emperors who ranged from wise rulers to madmen, among them Augustus, Caligula,  Nero, Marcus Aurelius, and  Trajan.  Given that the venue for the course is the city of Rome itself, both in the classroom and outside you will study the men who built the monuments that endure to this day and that we will visit together. Through the evidence of archaeology and art (sculpture, mosaic, painting) you will study how the Romans lived and died, what they built and why, and you will learn what life was like for an emperor, a slave, a soldier, a Christian.   


Required Texts

                               C. Casson. Everyday Life in Ancient Rome. Johns Hopkins. ISBN 978-0801859922

                               C. Scarre. The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Rome. Penguin. ISBN 9780140513295

                               Plutarch.  Makers of Rome.  Penguin. ISBN 0-140-44158-1

                               Suetonius. The Twelve Caesars. Penguin. ISBN 0-140-44929-3







Course Requirements and Grading

Course requirements are a quiz, mid-term and final examinations, and a research project with the following distribution:     

                                                               quiz                                                                      10 %

                                                               research project (PowerPoint)                                30 %

                                                               mid-term examination                                30 %

                                                               final examination                                          30%


The research project is to be an in-class PowerPoint presentation on some aspect of Roman culture (art, architecture, daily life).  The presentation should last about fifteen minutes and must be accompanied by a 2-page précis summarizing your key points and your use of visual and printed materials.  If you have a strong preference to write a term paper in lieu of a presentation, you may do so, but it must be on some topic agreed upon with the instructor.   


Grading will be done on the basis of a ten-point scale, that is, A=100-95, A-=94-90, B+=89-87, B=86-83, B-=82-80, C+=79-77, C=76-73, C-72-70, D+=69-65, D=64-60, F=59 and below.   


Academic Dishonesty

Academic Honesty is sacrosanct.  All work on papers and examinations must be original.  Appropriation of another’s work is not acceptable, and the use of sources must be documented.  This applies to both the printed word as well as to electronic information (“cutting and pasting”), and note that plagiarism extends not merely to undocumented appropriation of words but also ideas and images.  Please familiarize yourself with the department’s statement on Academic Integrity at:




Course Calendar

May 23        M            Atlas “From City to Empire”, pp. 12-19
May 25        W           Atlas “The Origins of Rome” & “Unification of Italy”, pp. 20-24
                               Casson, “The Family” & “On the Farm,” pp. 10-29
                               Plutarch Life of Cato
May 30         M            Atlas, “Wars with Carthage” & “Rome’s Conquest of the East,” pp. 24-27
                                       Suetonius Life of Julius Caesar
June 1          W           Atlas, “Over-Mighty Generals,” “Caesar’s Conquest of Gaul,” “The Civil Wars,”                                                     “Shades of the Departed,” pp. 28-37
                                        Casson “In the City,” pp. 30-47 & “Two Resurrected Cities,” pp. 65-76
                               Plutarch Life of Antony
June 6          M            Mid-Term Examination
 June 8         W           Atlas, “The Imperial Regime,” “The New Order,” “The City of Rome Under                                              Augustus,” pp. 38-49
                                       Casson, “Many Gods,” pp. 84-97
                                       Suetonius Life of Augustus
June 13        M            Atlas, “Claudius and the Conquest of Britain,” “Nero and the Year of Four                                               Emperors”, “Three Western Cities,” “Vespasian: the Jewish War”, pp. 50-59
                                       Casson, “Fun & Games,” pp. 98-108                                      
                                       Suetonius Life of Nero
June 15        W           Atlas, “Trajan’s Wars,” pp. 60-61, “Imperial Peace,” “Hadrian’s Travels,” 64-73,                                                     “Roman Amphitheatre,” pp. 82-83, “The City of Rome under the Severans,” pp.                                                   100-101
                                       Casson, “A Roman Gentleman,” “The Slave,”, “The Soldier”, pp. 48-64, 77-83
                                       “The Engineer,” “The Emperor,” pp. 125-147
June 20        M            Atlas, “Restoration and Fall,”  “Diocletian and the Division of Power,” pp. 122-                                                    123, “The Spread of Christianity,” “Constantine the Great,” pp. 114-127, “Fall of                                                   the Western Empire,” “The Inheritors,” pp. 132-135
June 22        W           Final Examination



Ground Rules

*Attendance is mandatory in all classes.  Unexcused absence or egregious tardiness will incur a         penalty of minus two points from your final average for each instance.

*Please inform the instructor of foreseeable absence.

*Please do the reading before coming to class and bring the text with you.

*All discussion must be conducted with courtesy and respect for all participants.

*Examinations must be taken on the day assigned, make-ups being given only for serious documented medical excuse or personal emergency. No make-ups will be given for the purpose of raising a grade.

*No grade of “I” (Incomplete) will be given in this course except for grave reason (e.g. hospitalization).    

*During videos observe movie etiquette. Please, do not talk, fidget, or rustle papers, and please try to keep coming and going to a minimum.  

*Cheating on exams or plagiarism on papers will insure a grade of zero for the assignment and possibly failure for the entire course (at the instructor’s discretion) with notification to the departmental chairman and the dean of the college. 

*Please turn off cell phones and put away—no text-messaging, internet, cameras, and the like. Texting in class will get you marked “absent”.

*No laptop computers allowed.

*No eating in class, and no bubble gum. Please do not discard trash (pop bottles, wrappers, etc.) on classroom floor.