Rome and the Caesars|
Fall 2010 not offered
The Roman world changed irrevocably with the establishment of the Augustan principate (i.e., when Augustus became first emperor, 27BCE-14CE). But it was only after Augustus' death that the consequences of his reforms became apparent. Rome suffered a turbulent century under a succession of emperors, variously represented as mad, bad, and dangerous to know. In this course we will study the period through contemporary or near-contemporary texts in an attempt to analyze the demoralization of the traditional Roman ruling classes and the slide into autocracy. We will examine the characters and policies of emperors from the period and will discuss the rise of a celebrity culture and the increased importance of public spectacles and entertainments. I expect, too, to look at modern portrayals of the period in the visual media (e.g., Quo Vadis, I Claudius).
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
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Seneca, APOCOLOCYNTOSIS (PUMPKINIFICATION OF CLAUDIUS)
And selections from:
Seneca, LETTERS FROM A STOIC
Suetonius, LIVES OF THE CAESARS
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Three short papers, at regular intervals throughout the semester, and a longer final paper.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Regular attendance expected.
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