Introduction to Roman History


Course Code: HIRH Category: Tag:
Start Date: 04/15/2020, 8 meetings
Class Time: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Location: Secure Zoom online class link will be emailed to students.
Instructor: Skye Shirley
Status: Running/Openings


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.


Private music lessons and all group classes listed on this site will meet virtually using the online live video learning platform called ZOOM. A secure "invitation to class" will be emailed to you after you register and before the day of the first class. In accordance with the Lexington Public Schools, the Lexington Community Education physical office will be closed until (at least) 5/4/20. For more information, or general questions please email us at