DSBcA11 History of Ancient Rome II

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2020
Extent and Intensity
2/2/0. 3 credit(s) (plus 3 credits for an exam). Recommended Type of Completion: zk (examination). Other types of completion: k (colloquium).
Taught online.
Teacher(s)
Mgr. et Mgr. Markéta Melounová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. et Mgr. Markéta Melounová, Ph.D.
Department of Classical Studies - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Jitka Erlebachová
Supplier department: Department of Classical Studies - Faculty of Arts
Timetable
Tue 10:00–11:40 C31, Wed 14:00–15:40 C31
Prerequisites
DSBcA09 Ancient Roman History I
Acquaintance with the history of the Roman kingdom and the Republic.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The aim of the course, which constitutes a continuation of the course History of Ancient Rome I, is to thoroughly acquaint the students with different aspects of the development of Roman history from the end of the Republic until the birth of the Dominate. Lectures and seminars connect the exposition on political history with economic, social and cultural history, in seminars an emphasis is put on interpreting the most important sources for given period.
Learning outcomes
After the completion of the course the student will be able to:
- explain the specifics of Romany monarchy in the Principate;
- describe the development and differences in functioning of political institutions from the Republic to the birth of the Dominate;
- compare and evaluate moments of crisis in Roman history from the Republic to the genesis of the Dominate;
- elucidate the process of integration of Roman provinces in the context of the development of Roman foreign policy;
- critically evaluate the fundamental sources for given period.
Syllabus
  • 1) Sources and literature for the Roman principate.
  • 2) The transition between the Republic and the Principate. The solution of the crisis of the Republican regime - the beginnings of the Principate under Octavianus Augustus.
  • 3) The internal, international and cultural policy of Augustus.
  • 4) The consolidation of the Principate under the Julio-Claudian dynasty.
  • 5) The Year of Four Emperors and the succession of Vespasian.
  • 6) The international and internal development of the Roman Empire under the Flavian dynasty.
  • 7) The High Empire - the reign and foreign policy of the adoptive emperors.
  • 8) The imperial policy towards the provinces, romanization and integration.
  • 9) Society, arts and culture of the Principate; the development of the Roman citizenship; the origins of the crisis of the Empire in the 2nd century.
  • 10) Political thought and ideas (the Principate as the ideal form of government); the emperors and historiography.
  • 11) The Roman Empire under the Severan dynasty - the role of the army, administrative reforms.
  • 12) The reign of soldier emperors and the crisis of the Roman Empire in the years 235-270; from Aurelian to the succession of Diocletian.
  • 13) Administration of the state, the development of political and legal institutions in the Principate.
  • 14) The Roman state and Christianity under the Principate.
Literature
    required literature
  • BEDNAŘÍKOVÁ, Jarmila and Markéta MELOUNOVÁ. Římské císařství II: Dominát (The Roman Empire II: the Dominate). 1. vyd. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2014. 103 pp. ISBN 978-80-210-6955-8. Digitální knihovna FF MU info
  • ALFÖLDY, Géza. Römische Sozialgeschichte. 4., völlig überarbeitete u. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner, 2011. 399 stran. ISBN 9783515098410. info
  • CHRIST, Karl. Krize a zánik římské republiky. Translated by Jan Hlavička. Vydání první. Praha: Vyšehrad, 2010. 421 stran. ISBN 9788074290299. info
  • MAREK, Václav, Pavel OLIVA and Petr CHARVÁT. Encyklopedie dějin starověku. 1. vyd. Praha: Libri, 2008. 535 s. ISBN 9788072772018. info
  • GROH, V. Starý Řím. Praha, 1931. info
    recommended literature
  • Příběhy raně křesťanských mučedníků. Edited by Jiří Šubrt, Translated by Petr Kitzler - Iva Adámková - Pavel Dud. Vydání první. Praha: Vyšehrad, 2011. 395 stran. ISBN 9788074291876. info
  • CANFORA, Luciano. La prima marcia su Roma. 1a ed. Roma: GLF editori Laterza, 2009. 87 s. ISBN 9788842089704. info
  • Příběhy raně křesťanských mučedníků : výbor z nejstarší latinské a řecké martyrologické literatury. Edited by Petr Kitzler. Vyd. 1. Praha: Vyšehrad, 2009. 395 s. ISBN 9788070219898. info
  • The Cambridge economic history of the Greco-Roman world. Edited by Walter Scheidel - Ian Morris - Richard P. Saller. 1st pub. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007. xiv, 942. ISBN 9780521780537. info
  • The Cambridge ancient history. Edited by Alan K. Bowman - Peter Garnsey - Averil Cameron. 2nd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005. xviii, 965. ISBN 0521301998. info
  • ECK, Werner. Augustus a jeho doba. Translated by Vlastimil Drbal. Vydání první. V Praze: Vyšehrad, 2004. 118 stran. ISBN 8070216883. info
  • The Cambridge ancient history. Edited by Alan K. Bowman - Peter Garnsey - Dominic Rathbone. 2nd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000. xxi, 1222. ISBN 0521263352. info
  • The Cambridge ancient history. Edited by Alan K. Bowman - Edward Champlin - A. W. Lintott. 2nd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996. xxii, 1193. ISBN 0521264308. info
  • BURIAN, Jan. Římské impérium : vrchol a proměny antické civilizace. Vyd. 1. Praha: Svoboda-Libertas, 1994. 236 s. ISBN 8020503919. info
  • HOŠEK, Radislav and Václav MAREK. Řím Marka Aurelia. Vydání 1. Praha: Mladá fronta, 1990. 276 stran. ISBN 8020401474. info
  • TACITUS. Z dějin císařského Říma : dějiny, život Iulia Agricoly, Germánie, rozprava o řečnících. Translated by Antonín Minařík - Antonín Hartmann - Václav Bahník. Vyd. 1. Praha: Svoboda, 1976. 473 s. info
  • TACITUS, Publius Cornelius. Letopisy. Praha: Svoboda, 1975. info
  • SUETONIUS TRANQUILLUS, Gaius. Životopisy dvanácti císařů spolu se zlomky jeho spisu O význačných literátech : De vita Caesarum (Orig.). Vyd. 3., ve Svobodě 1. Praha: Svoboda, 1974. 582 s. info
  • SYME, Ronald. Emperors and biography : studies in the Historia Augusta. Oxford: Claredon Press, 1971. vii, 306. ISBN 0198143575. info
Teaching methods
Lectures and seminars, class discussions, home reading.
Assessment methods
The final evaluation takes the form of an oral examination. It is necessary to individually prepare at home, too.
The seminary evaluation is based on active class participation and a seminary work.
Language of instruction
Czech
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
Information on completion of the course: Studenti Dějin starověku ukončují zkouškou. Studenti jiných oborů ukončují kolokviem.
The course is taught annually.
General note: Poznámka k četnosti výuky: dvakrát týdně (přednáška, seminář); seminář je povinný pouze pro studenty Dějin starověku.
Information about innovation of course.
This course has been innovated under the project "Faculty of Arts as Centre of Excellence in Education: Complex Innovation of Study Programmes and Fields at FF MU with Regard to the Requirements of the Knowledge Economy“ – Reg. No. CZ.1.07/2.2.00/28.0228, which is cofinanced by the European Social Fond and the national budget of the Czech Republic.

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