Course description

Course Outline

                                         CLS 1020 INTRODUCTION TO ANCIENT ROME


Purpose of Course

The course purports to show what can be learned about various aspects of life from a comparative study of the Classical and the contemporary world. Above all, the course illustrates how important and surprising the study of antiquity in general and Roman history in particular can be in reassessing and re-evaluating modern cultural, political, social developments.


The course aims to give students a broad view of studies in antiquity with particular reference to Roman Civilization.


a) By the end of the course, students should be able to understand key characteristic features of ancient Roman civilization

b) Students should be able to understand the evolution and working of politics in the Roman Republic

c) Students should be able to understand and appreciate the importance of cultural aspects of Classical civilization in our understanding of the history of mankind


a) Early History of Rome

c) Geographical Description

d) The Republic

e) Changes in the Roman Constitution

f) The Conflict of the Orders

g) Rome’s External Struggles

h) The Fall of the Roman Republic


  • Lecture method shall be the main method
  • Tutorials shall be conducted once every week
  • Seminars shall be held, on the relevance of the Roman aspects to modern day Zimbabwe

Student Assessment

25% of the final mark will be based on two written assignments, in essay format, from a choice of any of the topics to be covered throughout the course. 75% will be based on a final examination.


Gow, J. 1906. A Companion to School Classics. London: Macmillan and Co. Ltd.

Petrie, A. 1963. An Introduction to Roman History, Literature and Antiquities. 3rd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Badian, E., 1962. „From the Gracchi to Sulla, Historia 11, 197-245

Badian, E., 1964. „The lex Thoria: a reconsideration, in: Studi in onore di Biondo Biondi. Also published in Studies in Greek and Roman history (Oxford 1968) 235-242

Badian, E., 1970-1. „Roman politics and the Italians, DArch 4-5, 373-409

Badian, E., 1972a. Publicans and sinners. Private enterprise in the service of the Roman Republic (Oxford)

Badian, E., 1972b. „Tiberius Gracchus and the beginning of the Roman revolution, ANRW 1.1, 668-731

Bernstein, A. H., 1969. The rural crisis in Italy and the lex agraria of 133 B. C. (Cornell Univ. PhD thesis)

Bernstein, A. H., 1978. Tiberius Sempronius Gracchus. Tradition and apostasy (Ithaca and London) 

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