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CLAS0144A-F12

Literature of the Roman Empire

Literature of the Roman Empire
In this course we will investigate the literature, culture, and history of the Roman Empire, focusing on how Romans sought, often at the cost of their own lives, to define the role and powers of the emperor and their place as subjects to this new, autocratic power. Texts we will read include: epic (Lucan), tragedy (Seneca), history (Tacitus), biography (Suetonius), prose fiction (Petronius), as well as early Christian literature. As we read we will seek to answer questions about the nature of freedom and empire, what is gained and lost by replacing a republican with an autocratic political system, and whether literature in this period can offer an accurate reflection of reality, function as an instrument of change and protest, or of fearful praise and flattery. 3 hrs lect. 1 hr. disc.
Course Reference Number (CRN):
92490

Course

CLAS0144

All Sections in Fall 2012

Fall 2012

CLAS0144A-F12 Lecture (Star)
CLAS0144B-F12 Lecture (Star)
CLAS0144Y-F12 Discussion (Star)
CLAS0144Z-F12 Discussion (Star)