January 2022

History of Rome

Listed in: Classics, as CLAS-136


Christopher S. van den Berg (Section 01J)


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 Roman government and its transformation into an empire. We will also study several cultural, intellectual, and social aspects, including the impact of Christianity on the Roman Empire.

Three class hours per week. 

Limited to 50 students. January term. Professor van den Berg.

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 Speaking, Attention to Writing, 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