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 PUNIC WAR)
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
A. Only a very little can be
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.
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. Comment.
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 people. Comment.
F. The plays of Plautus are both entertaining and valuable as
historical sources--though sources that must be used with some