Fulfills L&S Breadth Requirements in Arts & Literature and Historical Studies.
Slavery was one of the central institutions of life in classical Greece and Rome and had a profound effect on the ways these societies understood themselves and their world. In this course we will first spend some time learning about the historical condition of slavery in these two societies, then read a variety of works that show some of the ways that slaves and slavery operated in the intellectual and imaginative life of ancient authors. The three genres we will focus on are philosophy, drama (both tragedy and comedy) and the novel. There will be two short writing assignments (three pages or less), one longer paper (of about 7-8 pages) and a final exam.