The Early Days of Rome: Kings and Consuls

Classical Studies

Course Description

February 2022 Update: This course will now take place entirely on Zoom.

Was Rome founded by the fratricidal Romulus, by the Trojan Aeneas, or by both? Were the mothers of Rome the abducted Sabine Women? What part in the founding of the Roman Republic was played by Lucius Junius Brutus, who drove the Tarquins into exile and turned Rome into a republic? What links exist between those early days and the final days of the Republic, when another Brutus joined with other Senators to kill Julius Caesar, inadvertently bringing about the end of the Republic and the start of the Empire?

In this course, we will look at the foundation of Rome, exploring how its early days gave way to the Roman Republic, with the advent of the Consuls, and then to the Struggle of the Orders, in which Patricians fought Plebeians. How much of this drama is history, and how much myth? Rome’s beginnings may be hazy, but its legacy is real; many of its innovations, such as the prominence of lawyers, courts of justice, and the separation of powers, inspired modern representative democracies. We will consult Livy, Diodorus, Ovid, Plutarch, and others to seek to understand the legends and the facts behind the origins of Roman institutions.

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

    • The Early History of Rome by Livy (9780140448092)
    • Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare (9780812969368)

Please note that this course has a maximum enrollment of 14 students.

Priority is given to students who pay upon registration.

For fully registered courses, a waiting list will be created. Should vacancies develop, those on the waiting list will be contacted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Course Details

First Session: Wednesday 16 March 2022

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

Discussion Team: Paul Billette, Marilyn Kaplow, 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)

Course fees are refundable in full before the second session. After the second session, a fee of $50 for the withdrawal will be applied. Refunds will not be issued after the third session. Please note that non-attendance does not constitute a withdrawal.

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