More Roman history from Isabelle Pafford


Update 11 Aug 2011: This course is not longeravailable but The Ancient Mediterranean World course is now available here. History of the Roman Empire is now on iTunes only.

Here’s great news for fans of Isabelle Pafford, the teacher of several UC Berkeley courses on ancient history in previous semesters (History of the Roman Empire and The Ancient Mediterranean World).

She is back this semester at Santa Clara University on iTunesU with a course on the History of the Roman Republic (iTunes). Some of the lectures appear to be missing, and some are clearly out of order, but you’ll still get a good overview of the early history of the Roman state.

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11 Responses to More Roman history from Isabelle Pafford

  1. E. James Fitzgerald MD says:

    Isabelle Pafford is outstanding. I enjoy her courses very much. She breathes life into ancient Rome. She is simply the best.

  2. charleyjk4 says:

    I would have thought that Roman History began with Empire?.What will History 110 teach apart from the convoluted life of Tarquin the Proud and the revolt of Cataline…..Yawn……

  3. julzrob says:

    Hey, have been meaning for a while to email her and thank her for the podcasts of the Roman Republic and now I am working my way through the Roman Empire. Really enjoyed them all and learnt alot. I listen on the way to work.Today I was passing KIngs Cross Station which happens to be the place of the last battle ground of Boudicca against the Romans in London as she talked about Boudicca on the podcast! Small world.

  4. charleyjk4 says:

    Did Boudicca not put up a good show?.Had it not been for the bravery of Suetonius Paulinus,all would have been lost.The Druids played a crucial role in rallying the Iceni race against the Romans.Nero had panicked and wanted to evacuate Londinium.About History 110,I could do a better job.How about more stuff about Spartacus and the Fabian ideology.I still say….Yawn…….

  5. Greg McDonald says:

    I am VERY interested in the text books used for Isabell Pafford’s courses in Roman History and her course on the civilizations of the Mediterranean courses.

    • Dara says:

      Since Pafford’s courses were back in 2008, you can’t use my favorite textbook trick (see How to find course book lists), which only works for current classes. I just suggest you listen carefully to the lectures, as she refers to the readings, many of which are from ancient authors such as Suetonius and Tacitus.

  6. Deminer says:

    I have heard many university courses on the internet, including two now by Ms Pafford, and I greatly appreciate that we have access to them. However, Ms Pafford’s lectures are presented with the least gravitas of any college instruction that I have ever encountered. It is great material, but she continually makes childish and silly and trite comparisons with the modern world, and a large percentage of the time is consumed babying students, talking about exam schedules, looking for missing notes, and trying to make the PowerPoint work. She may know her Greek, but she has all the professional instincts of a really young and scattered Junior High School teacher.

    The silliest thing she does is continually talk about the short life spans in antiquity, reminding students over and over that everyone is dropping dead in their thirties, because life expectancy was around thirty-five. She never really grasps the fact that infant mortality is THE big factor that has extended our life expectancy, which is nothing but a crude average. She completely fails to understand that if everyone lives to seventy, but half the babies die during their first year, then life expectancy is thirty-five. If she had ever spent any time in a country where life expectancy is that short today, she would have a better grasp of this.

    • David says:

      In the lecture I listened to tonight, she spent considerable time talking about infant mortality rate and its impact on life expectancy figures. Perhaps you have just not heard this particular lecture yet.

  7. David says:

    Where can we get the slides?


    • Dara says:

      Most UC Berkeley audio podcasts do not include access to the visuals. Pafford’s course is one of these. The video podcasts do include the slides.

  8. Larry says:

    Same experience here. Her capacity with statistics seems flawless, and she has several times included references to the extraordinary infant mortality around the ancient Mediterranean. She also prods students to think, which is a useful thing.

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