Spring 2023

History of Rome

Listed in: Classics, as CLAS-136

Moodle site: Course (Guest Accessible)


Christopher S. van den Berg (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 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. Spring semester. Professor van den Berg.

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

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Emphasis on reading and interpretation of primary sources, analysis of complex arguments, understanding of foreign culture


2022-23: Offered in Spring 2023