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M. Gwyn Morgan

Professor Emeritus Ph.D., 1962, University of Exeter, U.K.

Contact

  • Phone: 512-471-5742
  • Office: WAG 109

Biography

Research interests

His research interests include the nobility in the later Roman Republic and the historian Tacitus.

Courses taught

His major teaching fields are Roman history and Latin literature.

HIS 321M • History Of Rome: The Republic

39150 • Fall 2010
Meets MWF 1100am-1200pm UTC 3.112
(also listed as AHC 325 )
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Instructor: Gwyn Morgan                                                                                      Fall 2010

(mgm@mail.utexas.edu)           

HISTORY 321M (39150)/AHC 325 (32080)
Rome through the Death of Julius Caesar

REQUIRED READING

Cary & Scullard            A History of Rome (3rd ed.), pages 1-282, 299-312

Plutarch                        Fall of the Roman Republic (Penguin)

Sallust                        Jugurthine War; Conspiracy of Catiline (Penguin)

RECOMMENDED READING

Appian      The Civil Wars (Penguin), pages 1-132

OFFICE HOURS

Waggener 109, MWF 12-1 or by appointment

EXAMINATIONS

In addition to the final exam, which will start at its officially scheduled time, 9.00 a.m. in the morning of Wednesday, December 8 and run for 2 hrs. 15 mins., there will be two quizes, each 50-55 minutes long, the first on September 24, the second on October 29. Only essay questions wll be set. On each quiz students will answer two questions from a choice of five, on the final exam three questions from a choice of seven. A student’s grade for the course will be determined by performance in the quizes (25% each) and final (50%): NOTE WELL: (1) students must take both quizes as well as the final; (2) on this system to fail the final risks failing the course.

PLAN OF COURSE BY WEEKS

1.  Introduction to course.  2.  Sources of knowledge.

3.  The Origins of Rome.   4.  Early Roman Religion.  5.  Tradition  

[No class 9-6-10]     6.  Family and Society   7.  The Conflict of the Orders, I.

8.  The Conflict of the Orders, II.  9.  Conquest of Italy.  10.  Roman Colonization.

11.  The First Punic War   12.  The Hannibalic War.   13.  QUIZ I (9-24-10)

14.  The Public Assemblies.   15.  The Magistrates.   16.  Senate and Nobility

17.  Early Roman Culture.   18.  Expansion East.   19.  Expansion West

20.  Influx of wealth.    21.  Slavery.    22.  Armies, peasants and ‘mobs’

23.  Roman Agriculture.   24.  Tiberius Gracchus.   25.  Gaius Gracchus

26.  Health and medicine.   27.  The rise of Gaius Marius.   28.  QUIZ II (10-29-10)

29.  First Century Society.   30.  Drusus and the Social War.   31.  Marius and Sulla

32.  The Sullan settlement.  33.  Games & shows.   34. Pompey & World Conquest

35.  Cicero & Catiline     36.  Forming the First Triumvirate     37. Caesar in Gaul

38.  Classical culture.   39.  Disintegration of Triumvirate.  [No class 11-26-10]

40.  “Collapse” of religion.    41. Caesar’s Last Years.   42. Fall of the Republic

READING ASSIGNMENTS

Note that the required readings, as given below, are not an alternative to nor a substitute for the lectures. Their function is to supplement the lectures. In other words, yes. you are expected to attend the lectures.

 2.  Sources:    Cary 57-61. Introductions to the translations

 3.  Origins:  Cary 3-6, 13-48, 50-56 [For this one class the assignment is optional]

 4.  Religion:  Cary 48-49, 108-110, 198-199

 5.  Tradition:  Sallust, Jugurtha, chapter 1

 6.  Family:  Cary 49-50

 7-8.  Conflict I and Conflict II:  Cary 62-69 and 75-83

 9.  Conquest:  Cary 70-74, 84-96

10.  Colonization:  Cary 99-106, 183-84

11.  First Punic War:  Cary 113-23

12.  Hannibalic War:  Cary 124-37

14.  Assemblies: Cary 97-99

15.  Magistrates:  Cary 181-82

16.  Senate:  Cary 97-99, 179-81

17.  Early culture:  Cary 107-108, 110, 194-98

18.  Expansion east:  Cary 150-68

19.  Expansion west:  Cary 138-49, 210-211. Sallust, Jugurtha, chapter 2

20.  Wealth:  Cary 106-107, 182-83, 188-93. Sallust, Catiline, chapter 1

21.  Slavery:  Cary 108, 187-88, 191-92, 242, 299-300; Appian 65-67

22.  Armies, peasants, mobs:  Cary 184-85

23.  Agriculture:  Cary 186-87

24.  Ti. Gracchus:  Cary 203-206; Appian 1-11

25.  C. Gracchus:  Cary 206-210; Appian 11-16

27.  Marius: Cary 212-21. Plutarch, Marius. Sallust, Jugurtha §§ 3-12; Appian 16-20.

29.  First century society:  Cary 303

30.  Drusus:  Cary 222-26; Appian 20-22

31.  Marius/Sulla:  Cary 226-34.  Plutarch, Sulla, chapters 1-32; Appian 22-53

32.  Sullan settlement:  Cary 235-41; Plutarch, Sulla, chapters 33-38; Appian 53-58

33.  Games & shows:  Cary 303

34.  Pompey:  Cary 241-44, 250-55.  Plutarch, Pompey; Appian 58-69

35.  Cicero/Catiline: Cary 244-48, 300-302.  Plutarch, Cicero. Sallust, Catiline;             Appian 69-73

36.  First Triumvirate:  Cary 248-49.  Plutarch, Crassus; Appian 73-76

37.  Caesar in Gaul:  Cary 258-65.  Plutarch, Caesar, chapters 1-27

38.  Classical culture:  Cary 304-310

39.  Breakdown:  Cary 255-57, 265-69. Plutarch, Caesar, chaps. 28-32; Appian 76-87

40.  Religion collapse:  Cary 311-12

41.  Caesar’s last years: Cary 270-82. Plutarch, Caesar, chaps 33-69; Appian 87-132

T.A. for the Class: Jessica Werneke (jessicawarneke@yahoo.com)

Office Hours: MW 1:30-3.00 p.m. or by appointment. BUR 412

HIS 321 • History Of Rome: The Empire

39495 • Spring 2010
Meets MWF 1100-1200 UTC 4.134
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Instructor: Gwyn Morgan                                                                                                                                   Spring 2010

HISTORY 321: THE ROMAN EMPIRE

Required Reading

   M. Cary and H. H. Scullard         A History of Rome (3rd edition), pages 283-558

   Suetonius                                        Lives of the Twelve Caesars (Penguin)

  A. R. Birley (trans.)                        Lives of the Later Caesars (Penguin)

Recommended Reading (not required)

   E. N. Luttwak                                The Grand Strategy of the Roman Empire

Office Hours

   Waggener 109, MWF 12-1 or by appointment

Examinations

    In addition to the final exam (2 hrs. 15 mins.) in the morning of Friday, May 14, there will be two one-hour quizes during the semester (Feb. 19; April 5). Students’ grades for the course will be decided by performance in quizes and final. Each quiz will count for 25%, the final for 50%. If one quiz is missed (not recommended), the remaining quiz will still count for 25%, the final going to 75%. Students cannot miss both quizes.

    NOTE WELL that under this system to fail the final is to fail the course.

Plan of Course by Weeks

  1.      Introduction.              2. Sources of Knowledge

  3.      Situation in 44 B.C.        4.  Struggle for power, 44-31.   5. Why Octavian won

  6/7   The Principate: Background/Reforms.           8.  The Moral Reforms

  9.      Augustus and religion      10.  Building program        11. Living conditions

  12.    Augustus’ foreign policy.    13.  The succession      14. QUIZ I (2-19-10)

   15.  The Age of Tiberius.      16. The Imperial virtues.     17. Caligula

  18    Slavery      19. Claudius and centralization           20.   Games and shows

  21.  Nero the Artist     22. Foreign policy, 14-68.      23. TheYear of Four Emperors

  24.  Flavian dynasty.       25. Domitian, Nerva, armies    26   Religions, 14-96 A.D.

  27.  Science and technology       28.Antonine Emperors          [Good Friday]  

   29.  QUIZ II (4-5-10)    30.  Antonine foreign policies      31. Antonine domestic            

  32   Travel & communications      33/34.  Meaning and extent of romanization

  35.  Second century religions     36.  Commodus and Severi.    37. Anarchy 235-284

  38.  The armies (reprise)         39/40.  Diocletian and reconstruction

  41.  Constantine and Christianity        42.  The “Fall” of Rome

 

HIS 321M • History Of Rome: The Republic

39860 • Fall 2009
Meets MWF 1100-1200 UTC 3.112
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A survey of Roman history from the founding of Rome to the death of Julius Caesar.

HIS 321 • History Of Rome: The Empire

38965 • Spring 2009
Meets MWF 1100-1200 UTC 4.134
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HISTORY 321: THE ROMAN EMPIRE

Required Reading

   M. Cary and H. H. Scullard         A History of Rome (3rd edition), pages 283-558

   Suetonius                                        Lives of the Twelve Caesars (Penguin)

  A. R. Birley (trans.)                        Lives of the Later Caesars (Penguin)

Recommended Reading (not required)

   E. N. Luttwak                                The Grand Strategy of the Roman Empire

Examinations

    In addition to the final exam (2 hrs. 15 mins.) in the morning of Friday, May 14, there will be two one-hour quizes during the semester (Feb. 19; April 5). Students’ grades for the course will be decided by performance in quizes and final. Each quiz will count for 25%, the final for 50%. If one quiz is missed (not recommended), the remaining quiz will still count for 25%, the final going to 75%. Students cannot miss both quizes.

    NOTE WELL that under this system to fail the final is to fail the course.

Plan of Course by Weeks

  1.      Introduction.              2. Sources of Knowledge

  3.      Situation in 44 B.C.        4.  Struggle for power, 44-31.   5. Why Octavian won

  6/7   The Principate: Background/Reforms.           8.  The Moral Reforms

  9.      Augustus and religion      10.  Building program        11. Living conditions

  12.    Augustus’ foreign policy.    13.  The succession      14. QUIZ I (2-19-10)

   15.  The Age of Tiberius.      16. The Imperial virtues.     17. Caligula

  18    Slavery      19. Claudius and centralization           20.   Games and shows

  21.  Nero the Artist     22. Foreign policy, 14-68.      23. TheYear of Four Emperors

  24.  Flavian dynasty.       25. Domitian, Nerva, armies    26   Religions, 14-96 A.D.

  27.  Science and technology       28.Antonine Emperors          [Good Friday]  

   29.  QUIZ II (4-5-10)    30.  Antonine foreign policies      31. Antonine domestic            

  32   Travel & communications      33/34.  Meaning and extent of romanization

  35.  Second century religions     36.  Commodus and Severi.    37. Anarchy 235-284

  38.  The armies (reprise)         39/40.  Diocletian and reconstruction

  41.  Constantine and Christianity        42.  The “Fall” of Rome

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