LIVY, FLS I*, FLS II*, FLS III*, FLS
IV* [FLS=Favorite Livy Story]
FASCES, CONSULS, PATRICIANS, PLEBIANS, STRUGGLE OF ORDERS, TWELVE
TABLES, SECESSIO, LEX HORTENSIA, TRIBUNES, CAMILLUS, GAULS, FIRST
PUNIC WAR, SECOND PUNIC WAR, HANNIBAL, (FABIUS MAXIMUS), (THIRD
EQUESTRIANS, PROLETARIAT, TIBERIUS GRACCHUS, GAIUS GRACCHUS,
MARCUS (LIVIUS DRUSUS I), SENATUS CONSULTUM ULTIMUM
SALLUST, JUGURTHA, POPULARES, OPTIMATES, MASINISSA, MARIUS, SULLA
MARIUS, SULLA, CIMBRI AND TEUTONES, SATURNINUS AND GLAUCIA, MARCUS
LIVIUS DRUSUS (II), SOCIAL WAR, MITHRIDATES OF PONTUS, CINNA,
(PLAUTUS), (THE SWAGGERING SOLDIER), (THE PRISONERS), (POT OF
GOLD), (PSEUDOLOS), (BROTHERS MENAECHMUS)
FAVORITE BLOG I, FAVORITE BLOG II, FAVORITE BLOG III
A. Only a very little can be
said with any certainty about the earliest period of Roman
history. Still, the little we do know is very important in
helping us to understand subsequent history. Comment.
B. The growth of Rome from a small city state into a great
empire during the period of the Roman Republic is one of the most
amazing success stories in all history. In some ways, it is
surprising that Rome even managed to survive during this
period. On the other hand, close examination shows that
Roman success in the days of the Republic was no accident. Comment.
C. The Roman Revolution was largely the indirect product of
Rome's many wars, particularly the Punic Wars. Yet there was
another cause as well: the selfishness and short-sightedness of
the ruling class of Rome, the senators. Perhaps one of the
best examples of this is the story of the Gracchi brothers.
D. Though in some respects a relatively unimportant war, the
War with Jugurtha was an important turning point in Roman history.
In addition, the Jugurthine War is one of the most fascinating
stories in Roman history. Comment.
E. Marius and Sulla were both true patriots, and it is clear
that each man saved Rome for horrible disaster.
Nevertheless, both men also brought disaster on the Roman
(F. The plays of Plautus are both entertaining and valuable
as historical sources--though sources that must be used with some