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HIS 197 W — The Roman World

Quarter: Spring
Course Format: Flex Online (About Formats)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Apr 3—Jun 9
Refund Deadline: Apr 6
Units: 2
Tuition: $625
Instructor(s): Gary Devore
Limit: 40
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
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Flex Online(About Formats)
Apr 3—Jun 9
10 weeks
Refund Date
Apr 6
2 Units
Gary Devore
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
This course will survey the history, archaeology, and literature of the ancient Roman world through profiles of important Romans. We will explore the lives of these generals, kings, senators, emperors, and aristocrats to understand the eras in which they lived. Our material will focus both on the famous (such as Julius Caesar, Nero, Hadrian, and Constantine) as well as more obscure but still interesting Romans (including fraternal revolutionaries Tiberius and Gaius Gracchus, the dictator Sulla, the 3rd-century emperor Gallienus, and the powerful women who safeguarded the patrician Cornelius family). Through these personages, we will see how Rome grew from a tiny village of mud huts clustered atop hills along the Tiber River into an empire controlling land and people across all of Europe, from Spain to the Near East and from Britain to the shores of the Sahara. Readings will include primary Roman sources (in translation) and biographies written by the subjects’ contemporaries. Excerpts from modern works will also be integrated into our study.


Gary Devore has excavated in the ancient ruins of Pompeii and also at sites near Hadrian’s Wall in the north of England. He was one of the directors and principal investigators of Binchester Roman Excavations and is a former director of the Pompeii Archaeological Research Project, Porta Stabia. Devore received a PhD from the University of Bradford, UK, and taught at Stanford for a decade.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.