The Beginnings of Rome, 753-509 BC (Roman History I)

This course covers the history of Rome from its earliest foundation myths all the way through to the overthrow of the Tarquins in 509 BC. View all content

  • 2 Hours 29 Minutes
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Having discussed our literary sources for early Roman history at length, we turn now to the final leg of our historiographical triad - archaeological research. This lecture briefly discusses the sort of archaeological research that contributes to our understanding of early Rome, as well as that body of evidence's strengths and weaknesses.

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Module 1 – Sources of Early Roman History
Module 1
Module 1 - Sources of Early Roman History

In this introductory module, we explore what we know - and what we don't know - about the Romans' earliest historical traditions. A proper understanding of the nature of our sources is critical for the serious student of Roman history, and this is precisely what we aim for in this module.

  • 1 Hour 38 Minutes
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Module 2 – Pre-Roman Italy
Module 2
Module 2 - Pre-Roman Italy

In this module, we take a look at Italy prior to the founding of Rome. We also look at several Roman origin myths and bring the story down to Romulus and Remus.

  • 51 Minutes
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