Fall 2020

History of Rome

Listed in: Classics, as CLAS-136

Moodle site: Course


Andreas T. Zanker (Section 01)


This course examines the political and social systems and struggles that marked Rome's growth from a small city-state to a world empire. Through various sources (Roman works in translation and material evidence) we will focus on the development of the republican form of government and its transformation into an empire. We will study also the daily life of the people and the impact of Christianity on the Roman Empire.

Three class hours per week. Friday class sessions will consist of prerecorded lectures uploaded early in the day for asynchronous viewing.   

Students who have taken CLAS 124 (Roman Civilization) in a previous semester are required to email the instructor before enrolling.

Limited to 40 students. Fall semester. Professor Zanker.

If Overenrolled: Priority given to Amherst College students who are pre-registered for the course; then to students who attend the first three class sessions.


Attention to Issues of Class, Attention to Issues of Gender and Sexuality, Attention to Issues of Race, Attention to Speaking, Attention to Writing, Online Only, Transnational or World Cultures Taught in English


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2017, Fall 2018, Fall 2019, Fall 2020, January 2022, Spring 2022