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Lectures: There are two lectures a week for most weeks of the semester. The importance of regular attendance is that in the lectures we signal the topics that we deem significant. It is these topics which will be examined.
Tutorials: There is one tutorial a week for most weeks of the semester. Participation in tutorial discussion is considered a vital and rewarding part of the unit but you should attend only if you have completed the reading prescribed for the week. Material from tutorials will be examined. Unexplained and persistent failure to participate may incur a penalty of 10% of the total mark for the course.
Student Workload: In accordance with Senate Guidelines, a student workload of 3 hours per credit point (i.e., 9 hours per week for this 3-credit point unit) for 15 weeks (13 weeks of lectures + 2 weeks of recess) is expected.
Required Reading and Texts
(i) Ancient Sources
All students are expected to have a copy of the ancient sources listed below. All tutorial exercises which do not draw on material in the Unit Book of Readings (see below) will be based on source material in these works.
Cicero, Selected Letters (Penguin Classics)
Cicero, Selected Political Speeches (Penguin Classics)
Sallust, Catiline's Conspiracy, The Jugurthine War, Histories (Oxford World's Classics) OR Sallust, Catiline’s War, The Jugurthine War, Histories (Penguin Classics) OR Sallust, The Jugurthine War. The Conspiracy of Catiline (Penguin Classics)
Plutarch, Roman Lives (Oxford World’s Classics) OR Plutarch, The Fall of the Roman Republic (Penguin Classics)
Appian, The Civil Wars (Penguin Classics)
Other essential ancient sources to which reference will be made in the lectures have been compiled in a Book of Readings Ciceronian Rome which will be available for purchase at the Co-op at the beginning of the semester. It should be brought to all lectures and tutorials.
In this course emphasis is placed upon the direct examination of the ancient sources and evidence. Students are expected to base all their work on a personal examination of these sources. It will not be sufficient simply to read modern studies on any topic, however sound and highly recommended these are: it will be essential to look first at the ancient sources on which all modern studies are necessarily based.
(ii) Modern Studies
A useful textbook account for the period will be found in H.H. Scullard, From the Gracchi to Nero (5th edition, 1982) whose notes on pp. 381ff. provide reference to more recent modern studies. It is highly recommended for background reading. A limited number of Scullard is available at the Co-op. Students may also find H. Swain and M.E. Davies, Aspects of Roman History, 82 BC–AD14. A Source-based Approach (Routledge, 2010) a useful narrative of events in this period.
A short paperback which provides an introduction to the Republic and Republican history – Michael Crawford, The Roman Republic (Fontana, 1978)—might be useful to students who are feeling a little rusty on this period. Again, for students needing a primer, David Shotter's The Fall of the Roman Republic (Routledge 1994, 2nd edition 2005) provides a simple narrative.
A very readable introduction to the period is W. Jeffrey Tatum’s Always I am Caesar (Oxford, Blackwell Publishing, 2008). A limited number of Tatum is available at the Co-op.
A stocktaking of modern scholarship and a useful summation of many of the problematic issues arising in this course will be found in M. Beard and M. Crawford Rome in the Late Republic. Problems and Interpretations (London, Duckworth, 1985). Even more recent introductions to various themes are provided by Harriet I. Flower (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to the Roman Republic (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2004) and Nathan Rosenstein and Robert Morstein-Marx (eds), A Companion to the Roman Republic (Oxford, Blackwell Publishing, 2006), both designed for readers new to the subject.
More detailed reading lists relating to particular topics will be provided on the iLearn site. The most important recommended books will be held in Reserve in the Library.
There are two essential works of reference for the course which are to be consulted in the Library:
The Oxford Classical Dictionary (abbreviated OCD) of which multiple copies are held in the Library. This is the standard work of reference in English for Roman and Greek history and culture. It provides reliable and succinct explanations and definitions of technical terms, summary biographies of prominent individuals, and accounts of institutions, etc.
T.R.S. Broughton The Magistrates of the Roman Republic (abbrev. MRR; 2 vols, 1951–2; Vol. 1 covers the period 509–100 BC; vol. 2 the period 99–31 BC), copies of which will be held in Reserve. This is an invaluable book which gives, year by year, a full, systematic list of the known political officials and magistrates, a summary of their actions in office and full references to the known ancient sources. A supplementary volume (vol. 3) was published in 1986.
Also to be regarded as a standard work of reference is J.A. Crook et al. (ed.), The Cambridge Ancient History vol. IX (2nd ed., Cambridge University Press, 1994).
Technology Used and Required
The unit has an iLearn page which can be accessed at: <https://ilearn.mq.edu.au/login/MQ/>. PC and internet access are therefore required. Basic computer skills (e.g., internet browsing) and skills in word processing are also a requirement. Please consult teaching staff for any further, more specific requirements.
Satisfactory Completion of Unit
In order to complete the unit satisfactorily students must gain a mark of 50% or more overall.