Demagogues and Tyrants in the Roman Historians|
Spring 2021 not offered
Reading selections from Livy's ab Urbe Condita, Sallust's Bellum Catilinae, and Tacitus' Annales we will consider these historians' depictions of tyrants and demagogues (e.g., the Tarquins, Catiline, Tiberius, Nero) throughout Rome's political history, their views on the interactions between these controversial figures and the Senate and people of Rome, and their narratives describing the circumstances behind their rise and fall. At the same time, we will explore the role of fact vs. fiction, propaganda, and bias in the writing of Roman history through comparative analysis with contemporary sources and inscriptional evidence.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CLST)(CLST-History, P)
-Sallust's Bellum Catilinae┐, J. T. Ramsey, ed. (Oxford University Press, 2 edition 2007) ISBN-10 0195320859
-Livy, ab Urbe Condita, Book I ┐ Julia Haig Gaisser and T. Davina McClain, eds., (Bryn Mawr Commentaries 2000) ISBN-10: 0929524934
-Tacitus Annales, Selections
|Examinations and Assignments: |
-Translation quizzes on each author; secondary readings with responses; final research paper.
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