Online course

The Fall of the Roman Republic

Explore the last century of the Roman Republic, its collapse and the creation of the Roman Empire

Why join the course?

Covering the last century of the Roman Republic, this course will help you to understand the Republic’s collapse and how the emergence of the Roman Empire came about. You will gain an overview of the development of the Republic, as well as exploring significant aspects of Roman society, religion, and governance.

Major key figures such as The Gracchi, Marius, Sulla, Pompey, and Caesar are covered, showing how each contributed to the eventual fall of the Republic.

What topics will you cover?

  • Roman Society and the Emergence of Rome
  • Government of the Republic
  • The Gracchi
  • Sulla and Marius
  • Pompey and Caesar
  • Octavian the Empire

When would you like to start?

  • Available now
    This course started 12 November 2018

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Interpret ancient texts in translation about the fall of the Roman Republic
  • Identify the chronological events leading to the development of the Roman Empire
  • Discuss events surrounding the collapse of the Republic

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed at anyone wishing to know more about Roman society, the Roman Republic, or the development of the Roman Empire. No prior experience is necessary.

Who will you learn with?

Kristin Heineman

I teach several courses in Ancient Greek and Roman history at Colorado State University. My research interests include religion, women and divination in antiquity.

Who developed the course?

Colorado State University, a land-grant institution and a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, is one of the United States’ leading research universities.

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