6: Roman Republic

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Welcome to part 2 of this class!  We’re now entering the part of the class where my research expertise lies.  This means I’m even more passionate about the stuff we’re learning together!

In the lecture after the midterm we learned some basics about Rome: the who, what, when, wheres!

To review, look at the map below notice how little Rome controls in 298 BCE and how expansive her control about a century later: basically everything shaded on the map!



By 146BCE Rome is biggest most powerful state in the Mediterranean.  Carthage and the Antigonids have been removed, the Attalids will be gone within 15 years.  There are still some other ‘independent’ states (Ptolemies, Seleucids, Pontic kingdom, Numidian kingdom, etc…), but all of these in practice answer to Rome.  If they don’t, they are removed.   All are gone when by the time Augustus defeats Cleopatra and Antony.

The theme of our readings are the hows and whys of this rise power.   Specifically:  what was it about the constitution of the Romans that let it become so powerful? (Polybius) and once it was so powerful how did that have consequences for the Romans? (The other authors).  The biggest consequences are the slave revolts!    Ask you read ask yourself how do the ancient authors explain the causes and reasons of things!

The assigned readings are all on this website.  (There is also a PDF optimized for printing.)  I strongly recommend you read this website using an annotation program.  Diigo is my recommendation both for iOS and Android.  It is free and easy to use.  It teaches you as soon as you download it!

As you read the ancient texts highlight any passages where the author seems to be explaining WHY something happened.   Pay special attention to any moral explanations of why things happened.

Blog Prompt:

Long Live the Republic?

Step 1) Go to the library home page and select one of these search terms to enter into OneSearch:

Polybius “United States” constitution

Polybius “Thomas Jefferson”

Sicily Slave Rome Haiti

Sicily Rome “Slave rebellion” “United States”

Gracchi demagogues “United States”

Gracchi demagogues Russia

Gracchi France

Gracchi “land reform” “United States”

Gracchi “land reform” Africa

Step 2) Select a return for your search which no other classmate has yet used and that has the full text online.  You may use any return that is not categorized as a Reference Resource.  (Check the blog and consider commenting on the posts you read now!)

Step 3) create a blog post and answer the following questions in your post:

What is the appropriate MLA citation of your search return?

Who is the primary intended audience of the publication?

How (if at all) does the author connect the search terms one to another?  Use one to two short quotes to illustrate your point.

Select a quote from the ancient texts assigned as home work that seems relevant to your selected publication.  Insert the quotation and explain its relevance.

step 4) give your blog post a distinctive title and consider including an image (not required, just fun!)

step 5) tag your blog: Clas6, LongLivetheRepublic, and use all your search terms as separate tags

step 6) sign off the end of your post with your first name and team: Jazmin, Team Demeter or Memhet, Team Apollo

Having trouble with this assignment?  Complete it at a library computer and ask the reference librarians for help!