Wednesday February 24th

Rome Exam: Republic to Empire to Collapse

Mr. Johns' Suggested Short Answer Topics

  1. How did origin stories of Rome manifest themselves in social relationships within the Empire?

  2. Define "New Wisdom" as determined by the Romans. What was its origin?

  3. List three specific examples of how the superior-inferior relationship was central in Roman society.

  4. Geographically describe the boundaries of Rome at its peak.

  5. List specific ways that Rome influenced European-Mediterranean Civilization after its collapse.

  6. How did Roman emperors seek to pacify disgruntled Roman plebeians?

  7. Describe the role of roman women in society. To what extent does this role change over time?

  8. Briefly discuss two Barbarian groups and how they impacted the Roman Empire.

Hopefully this list will help prepare you for the exam on Friday. Good luck.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

HOMEWORK: Culture (back of worksheet) due thursday?
We went over the front of the sheet given in class yesterday, we also looked for the coliseum on Google Earth. We then talked about "Was Rome a democracy or hegemony?"
Supplying Rome:
Grain-Sicily, Egypt, N Africa, Spain
Olive Oil/Wine-Italy, Spain
Leather-S. France
Marble-Asia Minor
Woolen Textiles-France, Belgium, Netherlands
Slaves-many lands
Animals (bears, lions, horses, rhinos, leopards, and camels)- Africa, Scotland, Spain, Egypt

Buliding Cities:
City designed with purpose
Very structured, orderly, clearly defined
*pre-planned city
Houses are uniform
Edge of city: recreation
Middle of city: main activity and business.

external image rome_coliseum.jpg

February 8 2010

Neil May

Watched video on Roman Emperors, The transition from Julius to Augustus

~Key Points
Octavian took name Augustus after being voted total ruler.
Pax Romana
Dynastic Succession through daughter, she was banished, never named heir
Unstable successors, problems from within, namely praetorian guard
Quick turnover of rulers

Watched another video on foreign opinions of Roman Imperialism
Shows how Roman control did bring benefits to conquered lands

Homework: Read Pages 182-187, complete front side of worksheet, Economic and Cultural Traits of The Roman Empire

February 1 2010

-by Malina Kelemen
we started class by answering this question

The text argues that " the earliest enduring social structure in Rome was the patron-client relationship." (pg 170) and implies that,in different forms, it was perhaps the most important relationship in Roman society. what exactly was the nature of the patron-client relationship? What different forms did it assume in Roman society and politics and how did it affect the course of Roman history so profoundly.

We looked at this first by ourselves, then discussed it within our groups.Finally we discussed it as a class.
The class came up with these points

  1. Patrons legally protected and supported clients; Clients obeyed and server patrons.external image johnston149.jpg
  2. Other ways patron-client relationship is shown
  • Father as head of household
  • Generals and soldiers
  • Landlords -tenants
  • master-slaves
  • Romans -conquered lands
3. Breakdown in system (Cesar) lead to collapse of Republic
  • Concept of leaders-followers lead to conflict
  • Imperialism - class conflict, political Upheaval

A good site about Roman social classes that I found is

Then , after we watched a short clip relating to the Roman society, we transitioned into a new topic. We read pg171 in our textbook and discussed the views several contemporary historians had about Rome. Durring our discussion, we pointed out that the perspectives on Roman expansion varied greatly. Some historians like Livy (59B.C.E-17C.E.) gave the expansion much praise. Others, felt the exact opposite, and believed the expansion was hurting roman citizens.

Our homework is to read pg178-181 and take general notes