Roman Self-Fashioning: Poets and Philosophers, Lovers and Friends|
Spring 2018 not offered
With the descent into chaos of the Roman Republic and the emergence of the emperor as autocratic ruler at the head of the state, Roman social order and its system of personal relationships experienced a crisis. These circumstances are reflected in the literature of the period, which shows a fascination with unconventional styles of life and codes of behavior and a constant recourse to those situations in public and private life where the individual's relationship to the social order was negotiated and exhibited. Among the topics we will examine in the writings of some of the major authors of the period will be the literature of love and the role of the lover; parasites, patronage, and friendship; banquets and dining; the good life and personal contentment (and discontent); and the struggle for individual integrity.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
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Cicero, ON FRIENDSHIP
Catullus, personal and love POEMS
Horace, SATIRES, EPISTLES, book 1; selected ODES and EPODES
Tibullus and Propertius, selected love POEMS
Ovid, ART OF LOVE, books 1 and 2; selected AMORES
Juvenal, selected SATIRES
Seneca, selected philosophical DIALOGUES and LETTERS
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Regular reading assignments; four short papers and a longer final paper; in-class reports.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Regular class attendance is expected.
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