CLAS 207

The Rise and Fall of the Roman Republic

This course covers the history, literature, and culture of the Roman people from the period of Etruscan influence to the end of the Republic and beginning of the reign of the first emperor Augustus (seventh through first centuries B.C.). Primary emphasis will be on the last century of the Republic, the “Roman Revolution” from 133 to 31 B.C., which also saw the flowering of classical Latin literature and culture. Attention will be given to the influence of Etruscan and especially Greek culture on the development of Roman civilization, especially in the areas of literature, religion, art, and political thought. Authors read include: Plautus, Terence, Livy, Catullus, Cicero, and Sallust. Offered alternate years. May be counted as an auxiliary course toward the minor in gender studies. V.1, V.2

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