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
The annalistic tradition of Roman history is our single most important source for the early history of the city. In this lecture, we take a look at the primary historians of Rome's annalistic tradition, and examine some of the problems surrounding their use.
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.
Lecture 1.2 - Earlier Roman Histories18 Minutes
Lecture 1.3 - Earlier Greek Histories9 Minutes
Lecture 1.4 - Ancient Archives14 Minutes
Lecture 1.5 - Oral and Family Traditions16 Minutes
Lecture 1.6 - The Antiquarian Tradition14 Minutes
Lecture 1.7 - Archaeological Evidence9 Minutes
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.
Lecture 2.1 - Italian Overview16 Minutes
Lecture 2.2 - The Hellenic Colonies16 Minutes
Lecture 2.3 - Etruscan Origins19 Minutes
Lecture 2.4 - The Etruscan Polities15 Minutes
Lecture 2.5 - The Aeneas Legend15 Minutes
Lecture 2.6 - The Evander Legend19 Minutes
Lecture 2.7 - Between Aeneas and Romulus14 Minutes
This module covers the legendary early founding of Rome, from Romulus down to Ancus Marcius.