This biannual course is taught on years 2014-2015, 2016-2017, ...
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From Republic to Empire: an approach to the institutional, social and ideological aspects of a political metamorphosis
On January 16th, 27 B.C., the heir of Julius Caesar, who for more than ten years was named Imperator Caesar, was granted the cognomen Augustus by the Senate. Having put an end to the civil war, he presented himself as the restorer of the traditional res publica, but in fact, a monarchy was then being established, with the consent and support of the Senate and the people. How could the Roman Republic, which always claimed to be fiercely opposed to the kingship, change into a monarchical regime, the Principate? This course intends to provide some answers to this question, focusing primarily on the institutional, social, ideological and religious aspects of this political metamorphosis, which was initiated in the aftermath of the second punic war (ca. 200 B.C.).
The lecture, in which external researchers or professors will occasionally take part, is completed by a syllabus, which will be at the students' disposal in April.
The evaluation is in the form of a written exam with two questions either about the subject matter of the course or about several scientific articles dealing with this (the reference will be given to the students at the beginning of the course).
The bibliography on this central problem of Roman history is overabundant. Only a few reference books in French are listed here :
- J. Cels Saint-Hilaire, La République romaine. 133-44 av. J.-C. (Cursus), Paris, 2005.
- Fr. Jacques, J. Scheid, Rome et l'intégration de l'Empire (44 av. J.-C. ' 260 ap. J.-C.). Tome I. Les structures de l'Empire romain, Paris, 1990.
- M. Le Glay, J.-L. Voisin, Y. Le Bohec, Histoire romaine (Collection Premier Cycle), Paris, 1991.
Cl. Nicolet, Rome et la conquête du monde méditerranéen. Tome 1. Les structures de l'Italie romaine (Nouvelle Clio), Paris, 200110.