Feb 14

The Fall of the Roman Republic

Richard Armstrong, Ph.D.

Julius Caesar. Marcus Brutus. Mark Antony. Cleopatra. Augustus Caesar. These are only the most familiar of the names linked to the fall of the Roman republic in the first century BC. How did that republic—so firmly rooted in principles of shared governance, the representative distribution of power, and collective responsibility - that it was the primary model for the founders of the American republic in the eighteenth century - dissolve over the course of a single century? How did a republic with almost 500 years of history behind it mutate into rule by a single emperor?

The story of the final century of the Roman republic is a gripping one, full of extraordinary personalities, astounding events, political intrigue, and tales of greed, power, folly, lust, and ambition that still resonate two millennia later. We will move, over the course of six lectures, through the events of that fateful century, keeping our eye as we go on the ways in which the fall of the Roman republic offers lessons for our own times.

Six-Week Course Schedule | Wednesdays
Feb 14 | 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Feb 21 | 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Feb 28 | 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Mar 06 | 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Mar 13 | No Class
Mar 20 | 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Mar 27 | 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

This class will be held in-person at WIH and simulcast via Zoom



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Price is per student. Class tuition is non-refundable.