This course will offer a selective introduction to ancient Roman culture, exploring the Romans on their own terms, but also as the ancestors of later Western European civilization. We will read (in English) some of the most fascinating works in Roman literature, ranging from Plautus' bawdy comedies to Virgil's epic poem on the founding of Rome to Tacitus' dark vision of Roman history. These famous works will be set in the context of the Romans' political history, social history (slavery, law, the family) and material culture (architecture, urban planning, decorative arts, etc.).
|Early History of Rome||Livy (trans. de Selincourt)||Penguin||978-0140448092||2002||Yes|
|Aeneid||Virgil (trans. Fitzgerald)||Vintage||978-0679729525||1990||Yes|
|Annals||Tacitus (trans. Yardley)||Oxford University Press||978-0192824219||2008||Yes|
|The Golden Ass||Apuleius (trans. Lindsay)||Indiana University Press||978-0253200365||1962||Yes|