CLAS 103 - Ars Poetica

A survey of ancient Rome, from its eighth-century BC ¿rise¿ out of prehistoric Italic precursors to its ¿fall¿ in the fifth century AD at the hands of barbarians, bureaucrats, and others. Our goals are: (1) to become familiar with the traditional narrative of Roman history including political and military events; (2) to consider social, cultural, and intellectual aspects of life in ancient Rome (e.g. gender and sexuality, food and drink, and literature); and thus (3) to explore what it means to ¿do Roman history¿. We read a modern narrative of Roman history, several ancient narratives and monographs, and modern scholarly works.
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