Historiography and Historical Evaluation
Successful students will be exposed to selections of Latin and Greek literature and be able to evaluate those texts as sources for Roman history; students' critical skills will be improved by the careful treatment of historiographical texts.
Successful students will discuss critical theories that are relevant to the texts treated in class and be able to evaluate the rhetorical complexities facing the various authors discussed and how those authors resolved those complexities as they composed their historical narratives.
Primary Sources of Information
Successful students will consider available primary sources of information for ancient Roman history and be able to evaluate the reliability of those sources.
Research and Historiography
Successful students will be able to locate the historical texts treated in class in the context of Classical literature generally and of ancient historiography specifically.
Knowledge of Roman History
Successful students will demonstrate a basic knowedge of Roman history from the Regal period to the decline of the Roman Empire.