Dickson College, Semester 1 2013
Contact details
You can also contact me via our Edmodo page
Office: Humanities (behind the door)
Unit Materials
Unit outlines:

Internet Ancient History Sourcebook | LacusCurtius | Links of interest to classicists and Mediterranean archaeologists| some maps of the Roman Empire| Forum Romanum, David Camden, 2009 | Perseus Digital Library| Etrusia - Roman History | The Roman Republic | UNRV History | Government under the Roman Republic| Cursus Honorum | The Roman Republic, Frank Smitha | Wars of the Roman Republic, N.S. Gill,
Essay Resources

Assessment schedule
Document Test (19 March Week 7)
Research Essay (8 April Week 10)
In-class Essay (17 May Week 13)
Seminar (3-19 June Week 16-18)

Week 1 (4-8 Feb) - Introductions

Monday - welcome yr 11

Tuesday - welcome back yr 12
Year 12 introductions
Unit outline handed out

Wednesday - administration
Text book - Ancient Rome: Using Evidence, Bradley
Unit overview booklet
Accessing information about class: Edmodo, Clio History Journal

Friday - What is the Roman Republic?
Today I gave you a brief history of the Roman Republic from 509-287BCE.

You then did some readings out of Bradley:
Patricians v Plebeians p. 36-38, 'Plebeian Struggle' p. 64-74, 'Expansion and Organisation' p. 78-79

I also gave you a primary source (Polybius; Roman Maniple v Macedonian Phalanx) to read and highlight any interesting points.

Week 2 (11-15 Feb) - Punic Wars

Tuesday - Introduction to the Punic Wars
Today we started looking at the background to the Punic Wars. Who was Carthage? Why did Rome and Carthage go to war? Why was Rome successful?

Wednesday - Mamertine Appeal (First Punic War)
Today we looked at the Mamertine Appeal/Crises in 265 BCE by reading Polybius' Histories.

Friday - First Punic War
Today we looked at the details of the First Punic War; reasons for war, major battles, and the importance of Roman naval power.

I handed out a set of primary sources for you to look at over the weekend and answer; What was the significance of naval power during the First Punic War?

I also asked you to read pages 101-115 for homework.

What we learned was that Rome succeeded due to;
- Nationalism and patriotism
- Military power (naval increases/victories, well commanded armies/navies, new technologies)
- Economic power (able to afford the 23 years of war, build ships etc)
- Political stability (Rome has relatively stable government)

Week 3 (18-22 Feb) - First Punic War

Tuesday - Document study
Today you used the Naval evidence from Polybius to write an answer to the question: What was the significance of naval power during the First Punic War?

Wednesday - Between the wars
Today I gave you an overview of the time between the wars (239-220BCE).

I also handed out your essay assessments so you can make a start on them early. Please see above for the file.

Please review chapter 9 of Bradley as this will help you gain an understanding of the reasons behind the Second Punic War.

Friday - Work on assessment or review chapter 9 of Bradley
I was out on an excursion today.

Week 4 (25 Feb-1 Mar) - Second Punic War

Tuesday - Crisis at Saguntum
Today we separated into two camps: for and against Hannibal's attack on Saguntum. You came up with some great arguments and interpreted the sources well.

Wednesday - Debate on last lessons topic

Friday - Watched Hannibal: Rome's Worst Nightmare

Week 5 (4-8 March) - Hannibal

Tuesday - Moderation Day

Wednesday - Hannibal and the Alps
Today we read Polybius and Livy's accounts of Hannibal's march over the Alps. I asked you to share your thoughts with the opposite account (i.e. if you had a Polybius document you discussed with the Livy alternative) - you needed to discuss which source was more reliable and why you thought that.

I then handed out a homework task that you can think about for first lesson of our double on Friday. We will upload our answers on Edmodo for comment and discussion.

Excursion next Friday 15/3
Doc test Wednesday Week 6 13/3

Friday - Events of the Second Punic War
In the first period we completed our document test practice activity.
In the second period we worked in groups to research important events of the Second Punic War.

Week 6 (11-15 March) - Research Essay work

This week we consolidated our learning and also had time in the library for work on your research essays.

Week 7 (18-22 March) - Doc Test and The Graachi

Tuesday - Document Test
I was away today.

Friday - The Graachi
Today we studied the Graachi (Tiberius and Gaius).

Week 8 (25-29 March) - Research Essay

Research Essay work

Research Essay work

Friday - Easter Holidays

Week 9 (1-5 April) - Marius and Sulla

Tuesday - I was away today.

Wednesday - Marius
Today we looked at the career of Marius - his rise to the consulship and his influence on the military success of the Roman Republic.

Friday - Sulla
Today we look at the rise of Sulla to dictator. (See PPT above)

We then watched a documentary on Marius' military career.

Week 10 (8-12 April) - Marius and Sulla

Today we worked on the document below.

Today you started reading the following readings in preparation for the In-class essay next term.

I then asked you to answer the following questions to help you understand the readings.

You continued work on your readings.

Week 11 (29 April - 3 May) - Pompey Magnus

I was away. Continue work on readings.

I was away. Continue work on readings.

Friday - Pompey Magnus
Today we started looking at Bradley Chapter 16 on Pompey.
I want you to summarise pages 304-320 (use the headings as a guide for your summary).

Week 12 (6-10 May) - Pompey and the Triumvirate

Today you continued your readings on Pompey (pages 304-320 Bradley).

Today I handed out some readings on Pompey from Cary and Scullard History of Rome. You can use the readings in the in-class essay to help support your answer.

Friday - Caesar
Today we started our study of Caesar and his role during the First Triumvirate.

Week 13 (13-17 May) - Caesar and his rise to power


Wednesday - Caesar in Gaul
Today we looked at the important aspects of Caesar's campaigns in Gaul.

Also, I handed out a reading from Cary and Scullard History of Rome on Caesar.


Week 14 (20-24 May) - Caesar and the Civil War


Today I handed out a new reading for the in-class essay on Friday.


Today we completed a small essay writing skills activity. We also watched some selected scenes from HBO series 'Rome' to help you picture the events.

Please complete the activity and study your readings before Friday.

Friday - In-class Essay

Week 15 (27-31 May) - Oral Seminar preparation

Tuesday - Seminar prep
Wednesday - Seminar prep
Friday - Seminar prep

Week 16 (3-7 June) - Oral Seminar preparation

Tuesday - Seminar prep
Wednesday - Seminar prep
- Visit from Professor Paul Burton from the ANU