History of the Ancient World: Rome

I.     Course Prefix/Number: HIS 207

       Course Name: History of the Ancient World: Rome

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course surveys Ancient Rome, from the founding of city in the eighth century B.C., to the collapse of the West in the fifth century A.D.  Content includes examination of the Roman Conquests, Roman politics and government, and the reasons for the "fall" of Rome. Focus is on Roman impact on other peoples and cultures, the origins and spread of Christianity, the emergence of the Byzantine Empire and the Roman Legacy.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. Demonstrate basic knowledge of the major historical eras covered.
  2. Define the basic vocabulary needed to discuss the history of Ancient Rome.
  3. Discuss, compare and evaluate representative works of popular culture for the period.
  4. Explain the political, social, cultural and economic diversity within Ancient Roman civilizations and explain the interactions among these traditions.
  5. Present and debate conflicting interpretations of the Ancient Roman tradition.
  6. Analyze primary and secondary sources that are used in interpreting the history of Ancient Rome.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. Italy before Rome
  2. Early Rome to 500 B.C.
  3. The Rise of The Republic
  4. The Punic Wars
  5. Rome and the Hellenistic Age
  6. The Legacy of Alexander the Great
  7. The Hellenistic Impact on Roman Culture
  8. The Fall of The Republic
  9. Augustus and the Principate
  10. The Romans and the Jews
  11. Rome in the 2nd and 3rd centuries
  12. Diocletion and Constantine the Great
  13. Late Antiquity and The Rise of Christianity
  14. Decline and Fall: The Eastern Empire

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Lecture and class discussion will be used extensively.  Occasionally, small group work and reporting will be used.  There will be frequent written assignments that will be short in character.  Current issues from newspapers and/or the Internet will be incorporated into the class.  Films will be used as appropriate.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Students will be required to:

  1. Read a standard textbook and supplementary materials
  2. Write outside of class the equivalent of 12-14 double-spaced typed pages in the form of response papers
  3. Write, inside of class, short essays that answer questions dealing with the material covered in class.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

The most current edition of A standard textbook in Ancient Roman History will be used, such as:
A History of the Roman People, Ward, Heichelheim and Yeo,
The Historians of Ancient Rome, Mellor

Supplementary readings will also be assigned as appropriate, such as:
Marcus Aurelius.  Meditations
Julius Caesar.  Battle for Gaul and Alexandrian, African and Spanish Wars
Cornelius Tacitus.  Life of Agricola and the Germania

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

At least two exams will be given in addition to other required papers and assignments.

Papers will be evaluated based on how well they conform to the assignment and on how well they employ the historical method.

XI.   Other Course Information

Support Services: Tutoring is available at the Learning Center.

Important Dates: *

XX/XX: Last day to withdraw and have course dropped from record
XX/XX: Last day to change to Audit
XX/XX: Last day for students to submit materials to make up incomplete from the previous semester
XX/XX: Last day to withdraw from classes with a "W"

*These dates differ for each semester. You'll find the correct dates on the Academic Calendar.

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at www.oakton.edu/title9/.

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.