Demagogues and Tyrants in the Roman Historians|
Fall 2018 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: (CCIV)(CLAS)
Livy Bks. 1-5, Selections in Latin and in English.
Modern Scholarly Articles
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Consistent preparation and participation in class discussion.