An Overview of the Roman Empire: From Wolf Children to Divine Emperors *NEW*

The Roman Empire is daunting to follow, from its founding by two boys raised by a she-wolf, to an empire connected by a massive infrastructure of roads and aqueducts ruled by emperors who thought themselves gods. How did the Romans and the peoples they conquered live and how did their empire flourish against a background of imperial plots, assassinations and scandals? Join us as we encounter Rome’s challenges to growth and power, and how the Romans solved their daily issues and social and political problems. References and handouts will be provided. Instructors: Brian Bixby, Anatole Sykley



Start Date

September 16, 2019









8 Mondays, 3-5pm. Begins Sep. 16 No class Oct. 14 & Nov. 11

Instructors: Brian Bixby, Anatole Sykley


Brian Bixby

Brian holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He teaches history courses he hopes his students will enjoy and from which he himself will learn more.

Anatole Sykley

Anatole Sykley is an independent scholar and historian. He transitioned to his new career after a career in high tech and early internet technology companies in Cambridge and the Boston area finishing off in telecommunications. A graduate of La Trobe University with degrees in Physics, Applied Math and Computer Science. As an ongoing Harvard Extension School student, Anatole is working on his history qualifications. Anatole is a member of Organization of American Historians, World War I Historical Society, World War I Centennial Commission (Massachusetts). Anatole teaches history, focussed on World War I and the early 20th century era, but also has given courses and seminars on current affairs, Eastern European history, Medieval History as well as selected topics in the History of Science, in Computers and Cryptography, at several Adult Education programs in the Cambridge, Boston, Brookline area, as well as organizing custom seminars for reading groups, local libraries and senior centers all over Eastern Massachusetts. Anatole has also led tours of World War I battlefields in France and Belgium, as well as given history tours of Boston. Anatole also supplements his career by teaching ESL courses at local education programs.