Youth and Adolescence in Ancient Rome|
Spring 2010 not offered
Our society typically associates the term "adolescence" with a stage of life that is free from adult responsibilities and devoted to education. Teenagers occupy a distinct social and cultural category, as marketers of products from movies to clothing know well. In the ancient Mediterranean world, the teenage years took on their own meaning that was shaped by such factors as population structure, gender-role expectations, views of physical maturity, educational norms, and the distribution of wealth in society. In this course, we explore the evidence for youth in the Roman world--including school texts, poetry, medical treatises, legal cases, and mummy portraits--and consider various scholarly approaches to studying adolescence in historical perspective.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Augustus, ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE DIVINE AUGUSTUS
Catullus, THE COMPLETE POEMS
Raffaella Cribiore, GYMNASTICS OF THE MIND
Plutarch, ADVICE TO THE BRIDE AND GROOM
Jane Rowlandson, WOMEN AND SOCIETY IN GREEK AND ROMAN EGYPT
Musonius Rufus, ON WHETHER DAUGHTERS SHOULD RECEIVE THE SAME EDUCATION AS SONS
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Two papers and a take-home final examination.
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