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Roman Civilization I

Some of the greatest and most interesting achievements in the human story happened during the rise of the Roman Republic, its collapse into an empire, and its eventual fall. It continues to influence us today in so many ways that can only be accounted for in a proper academic setting. This course seeks to show students the importance of knowing where we come from by looking at the Roman story.

Total classes: 12

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade

Suggested credit: One full semester History or Ancient History

Special Notes: We recommend registering also for Roman Civilization II for a full year of History. All course materials are provided free by the instructor.


This course will take a deep dive into the rise of Rome by looking at what it was like to live during the Roman regal period, and the Roman Republic. Students will see the various influences on Rome from the different groups that inhabited the Italian Peninsula and the Mediterranean. They will learn about the Roman government and how it influences the American government today. Students will also learn how Rome found success in war and was able to expand throughout the Italian Peninsula and the Mediterranean.


Weeks 1-3: Roman Regal Period – Topics discussed: The story of Rome (Aeneid) (Romulus and Remus), The seven Roman Kings, Roman religious beliefs before Christianity, The death of the regal period

Week 4-8: Roman Republic – Topics discussed: The birth of the Roman Republic, the interaction between patrician/plebians (social life of Rome), Roman politics, Roman law

Weeks 9-12: The Expansion of Rome – Topics discussed: Roman War (War with Greeks and Punics), Roman Expansion, Roman Citizenship

Materials and Homework

Course Materials: All course materials will be provided FREE by the instructor or will be easily accessible through the internet.

Homework: This course will utilize weekly quizzes, two short essays, and a final exam. Students should be prepared to do 1-2 hours of work per week to be successful in this course.

Important Dates

Class Dates: Wednesdays, September 11 to December 11, 2024. (No class Nov. 27 & Dec. 4)

Starting Time: 10:00 AM Eastern (9:00 Central; 8:00 Mountain; 7:00 Pacific)

Duration Per Class: 55 minutes

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