Ancient Rome produced great works of literature, art, and architecture, and was the model for the American Republic. Yet its people enjoyed the blood sports of the arena and engaged in the ruthless conquest and subjugation of much of the Mediterranean world. This course explores the history and culture of this seemingly contradictory civilization, from its origins as an Etruscan kingdom through the rise of the Republic and its transition into Empire. Through a critical and integrated analysis of literary and material culture, students develop a picture of what it meant to be Roman, and consider what it might mean to see ourselves as the inheritors of a Roman tradition. Taught in English.
GLAM 204 C1
Course Number (Cross Listing 1)
HIST 222 C1
Walsh, Lisl A.
Course Format Description
Class will meet in-person in smaller groups maximum 2x/week; other meetings will be remote. Synchronous/asynchronous meetings, assignments and assessment will depend on the location and preferences of students.