CLAS 208

Society and Culture in the Roman Empire

This course looks at the history, literature, and culture of the roman world from the reign of Augustus to the end of roman rule in the West (31 B.C.-476 A.D.). The course will be divided into three parts: (1) A survey of political and cultural developments under the Julio-Claudian and flavian emperors; (2) Roman culture at the height of the empire, focusing on some of the most important aspects of roman social and civic life (slavery, women and the family, law, religion and art); (3) The rise of Christianity, from the second century to the end of the fourth century. Attention will also be given to the diversity of cultures found within the limits of the Roman Empire, and the legacy of roman civilization to later European and Mediterranean cultures. Authors read include: Vergil, Ovid, Tacitus, Suetonius and Apuleius. Offered alternate years. May be counted as an auxiliary course toward the minor in gender studies. V.1, V.2

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