The Early Roman Emperors

Course Dates: 23/09/21 - 02/12/21
Time: 12:30 - 14:00
Location: Online
Discover the Roman Empire under the government of the Julio-Claudian dynasty – from Augustus to Nero.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: RG149

Started Thu, day, 23 Sep - 02 Dec '21

Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)

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What is the course about?

Between 31 BC and 69 AD, the Mediterranean World enjoyed a combination of the deepest peace and the most enlightened government in its history to date. With their capital in Rome, this vast region was ruled by a single extended family that combined honest government with rape, murder, incest, paedophilia, and persecution of the Early Church. The aim of this course is to give an overview of Rome and its Empire under the government of the Julio-Claudian Emperors – from Augustus to Nero.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

Students will be invited at the beginning of the course to make their own suggestions, and these will be taken into account by the teacher. However, the core topics to be covered include:

The Establishment of the Empire and Personal Rule
The Characters and Vices of the Early Emperors
The Daily Life of the People
The Culture of the Early Empire
Graeco-Roman Religion and the Emergence of Christianity.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

You will have an overview of the political and cultural and religious basis of European civilisation. Wherever you look in Europe, it always begins with the Romans.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

You are expected to have an interest in History and a desire to know more. The whole course and the various readings will be in English, and no understanding of foreign languages is required.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Teaching will mostly be by lectures and discussions in class. No work outside the class will be required – though you are welcome to ask for further reading and for personal projects.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

No other costs. All materials will be supplied by the teacher.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Any other ancient or modern civilisation. See our website for details.

Sean Gabb

Sean has been teaching Greek and Latin for a very long time, and he loves what he does. While not doing that, he's made the time to write around forty books. These include twelve historical novels, by "Richard Blake," and published by Hodder & Stoughton. They also include editions of Book VI of "The Aeneid," the "Historia Langobardorum" of Paul the Deacon, and various parts of St Jerome's Latin version of The New Testament. One of his science fiction novels was nominated for the 2015 Prometheus Award.

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