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The Roman World

by La Trobe University

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Course Description

This subject deals with the cultural history of ancient Rome - its literature, its mythology, its art and architecture, and its political and civil institutions. From its earliest, mythical beginnings, we shall trace Roman history and culture through republic into the early empire, concentrating on the periods of Julius Caesar and the first emperor, Augustus. The subject will explore the military and social turmoil associated with civil war, the political use of mythology and literature by Roman writers like Vergil, Ovid and Livy, the great building programmes of the period, and the artistic developments of the Roman world. It is war that defines this period- both war with others and civil war (both of which are famously documented by Julius Caesar). We shall be exploring the way that militarism enters into all parts of Roman life in the period, and the way that both Greek and Italian myths such as the Trojan war and the story of Romulus are used to define and refine Roman identity.

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What is the order

Why does iTunes make it so hard to find out the order of entries. Clearly a history of Rome builds upon the lecture before but when you have no way of knowing what order they are in, its impossible. The information is good...too bad such a simple thing.

Loved it

I am a huge fan of history, especially ancient Rome, and this was very informative. It held my attention, which isn't easy to do.

Amazing and Engaging

I don't even have to try and stay motivated to continue listening week after week. Rhiannon Evans and Sarah Midford are the best of the bunch, and their Irish/Australian accents are warm and easy to listen to. I wish I was in their class for real! Subscribe yesterday! You need me to download it for you silly?

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