Ancient Rome—considered by many to match only Ancient Greece in terms of historical contributions to politics, warfare, and culture—is one of the most fascinating and paradoxical cultures in history. The struggle to balance freedom and representative government with conquest and autocratic rule shaped this culture for nearly 1,000 years. The ancient Romans also made significant contributions to engineering, mathematics, architecture, philosophy, and language that are still with us today.

In this course, you will learn about the mythological foundations of Rome, through the shift to republican rule, and finally, to the rise of the mighty Roman Empire. By learning about the lives of Julius Caesar, Emperor Augustus, Roman soldiers, and average citizens, you will gain robust classroom strategies for bringing ancient Roman history to life. You’ll be able to show students what daily life was like in Rome for different socioeconomic groups and how Roman civilization spread through military conquest, advances in architecture and engineering, and cultural practices and traditions.

Using the resources and techniques from this course, you will be able to teach your students not only about this essential part of Western history, but also how its legacy still impacts political and cultural traditions in our society today.