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The Life and Times of the Ancient Romans

Register today to learn about the daily life of ancient Romans. You will gain a deep understanding of the significant achievements and contributions made by the Romans.

Total classes: 12

Prerequisite: None, but The Glory of Greece (available Fall 2023 or through Unlimited Access) is highly recommended.

Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade. No middle school students, please.

Suggested credit: One full semester Ancient History


This course will trace the origins and development of the Roman people from their birth as an Iron Age tribe on the banks of the Tiber to their emergence as a world empire. Besides conventional history, the course will also look at the cultural life of the Romans (religion, art, literature) as well as show how the early Church was born out of the Roman milieu of the first, second, and third centuries. Toward the last few weeks, Roman history and Church history fuse together as the world transitions from Rome to the Middle Ages.


Class 1: The Dawn of Rome
Class 2: The Conquest of Italy
Class 3: Punic Wars
Class 4: Dissolution of the Republic
Class 5: The Julio-Claudians
Class 6: The Antonines
Class 7: Roman Culture, Religion and Society
Class 8: Crisis of the Third Century
Class 9: The Glory of Constantine
Class 10: Church and Empire
Class 11: The End is the Beginning
Class 12: The Roman Contribution

Materials and Homework

Course materials:

TEXTBOOK: The Private Life of the Romans by Harold Whetstone Johnston. ISBN  978-1957206141
Available on Amazon at: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1957206144/unamsanccath-20

SOURCEBOOK:  The Life and Times of the Ancient Romans Primary Document Sourcebook, which you can purchase in the form of a PDF file by clicking this Paypal link. The sourcebook contains primary source readings from ancient authors and is necessary to complete the essays. The PDF file is 131 pages and will be emailed to the address you use for Paypal within 3 days of purchase.

Homework: Textbook and primary source readings with weekly quizzes (automated for instant feedback) and essay questions (graded by the instructor). Expect to spend approximately 3 hours per week on homework outside of the classroom.

Important Dates

Class dates: Tuesdays, January 9 to April 9, 2024. (No class Feb. 13 or March 26)

Starting time: 1:00 PM Eastern (Noon Central; 11:00 Mountain; 10:00 Pacific)

Duration per class: 55

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