Julius Caesar and Augustus Transform Rome: The Fall of the Republic


Course Description

The first part of this consideration of the dynasty of the Caesars in ancient Rome looks at Julius Caesar's role in the fall of the Roman Republic. 

Who was Julius Caesar? How did he bring down the Roman Republic, which had survived many centuries of turmoil? Was the Republic really corrupted beyond redemption, as he and his allies claimed? Who were the republican leaders at the time of Caesar’s rise? Were the Roman citizens better off with Caesar than with the republicans? What were the exact circumstances of Caesar’s revolution? 

By looking at Caesar’s Commentary on the Gallic War, Suetonius’s and Plutarch’s Lives, and the political speeches of Cicero and other contemporary poets and writers like Lucan and Catullus, we will examine what led to the end of 600 years of a political regime that created institutions still with us today.

While this course is the first in a two-part series, registration in both parts is not required.

Books to Purchase (will be available at Argo Bookshop during the weeks prior to the course beginning):

    • Julius Caesar, The Gallic War, Oxford World's Classics (ISBN: 9780199540266)

    • Cicero, Selected Works, Penguin Classics (ISBN: 9780140440997)

    • George Bernard Shaw, Caesar and Cleopatra, Penguin Classics (ISBN: 9780143039778) 
    • Tacitus, Agricola and Germania, Penguin Classics
    • Seneca, Medea, Cornell

Please note that this course has a maximum enrollment of 16 students.

Please note that we do not allow participants to audit courses for free.

Course Details

Location: Atwater

First Session: Tuesday, September 19th, 2023

Course Length: 12 weeks, Tuesdays, 6:15 to 8:15 p.m.

Instructor: Paul Billette, Martin Marquis, Christian Roy                                         

Degree Credit: 3.0 credits

Course Fee: 

$150.00 (standard tuition)

$100.00 (promotion for new students)

Administrative Fee:



$185.00 (standard tuition)

$135.00 (promotion for new students)

For 12-week courses, fees are refundable in full before the second session. If the participant withdraws after the second course, they will be charged a $50 fee. There is no refund after the third course has passed. Please note that non-attendance does not constitute a withdrawal.

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