How did a small settlement along the Tiber River expand to encompass the entire Mediterranean and leave its mark on so many aspects of our lives over 2000 years later? In this course we will follow the city of Rome from its scrappy beginnings as it fought other local tribes to its growth into a republic that lasted longer than our own has been in existence. We’ll ask the hard questions about how the republic collapsed into civil wars and re-emerged as an empire. We will also reflect on how we know what we know about the past, and interrogate the power structures that leave so many voices out of mainstream Roman history. From empresses to slaves, refugees from volcanic eruptions to merchants in the forum, we will familiarize ourselves with countless Romans through primary literature and artifacts. The recommended course book for Roman History is, The Roman World: A Sourcebook by David Cherry.