ROMAN HISTORY: FROM REPUBLIC TO EMPIRE
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Rome (as an empire and republic0 is a civilization that many students know of, even in the smallest increments, and this course pack seeks to touch on some of significant events that occurred during the existence of this civilization. In particular, these lesson focus of Rome’s trajectory from its small beginnings to a major world power and, eventually, an empire. Students will investigate, through primary and secondary sources, how Rome and its people understood its development and the impact it had in the years to come. Students will be challenged with contrasting points of view about famous figures, and different accounts of events in order to develop skills to assess and organize history written by its people. They will use secondary sources and discussions with classmates and teacher to unpack the primary sources and evaluate how these works contribute to people’s understanding of these events and where to place them on the world stage. Topics of study include: the roman mythologies, the Punic wars, Julius Caesar, and the second triumvirate. Each topic focuses on at least one aspect of historical thinking to guide student thinking as they delve into these historical topics.