Unit Four: The Roman Empire
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In Unit Four we shall examine the rise and fall of the Roman Empire. Central to our examination are the art and history of this period, but most important is the literature, represented here by the poets Vergil and Ovid. Unit Four concludes with a symposium on Roman civilization, in which you will have the opportunity to ask questions on any facet of the Roman world.
 
 
April 3
Rome from Republic to Empire (Arnush)
Monday
 
  • Life in the Empire
  • The Powers of the Emperor
   
  Reading for this class:
 
  • Handout of various readings
  • Kebric, Roman People ch. 5
     
   
April 5
  Roman Imperial Art (Mechem)
Wednesday
 
  • Pompeii and private art
  • The world of the domus
   
  Reading for this class:
 
  • Kebric, Roman People chh. 6 and 7
   
   
April 7
  The Aeneid (Wiesmann)
Friday
 
  • The life and times of Vergil
  • The tragedy of Dido
   
  Reading for this class:
 
  • Vergil, Aeneid 1-4
   
   
April 10
  The Aeneid (Wiesmann)
Monday
 
  • The reluctant hero
  • Roman destiny
   
  Reading for this class:
 
  • Vergil, Aeneid 5-8
     
    Looking ahead:
   
   
    Evening lecture:
   
  • Professor Amy Richlin, University of Southern California
    -- "Roman Oratory, the Forum, and the Construction of Masculinity."
    -- Davis Auditorium, 5:30 p.m.

  • Dinner with Professor Richlin to follow
     
   
April 12
  The Aeneid (Wiesmann)
Wednesday
 
  • The art of ekphrasis
  • Poetry and propaganda
   
  Reading for this class:
 
  • Vergil, Aeneid 9-12
   
   
April 14
  Ovid: The Metamorphoses (Curley)
Friday
 
  • The life and career of Ovid
  • The Metamorphoses: next epic down the line
  • Transformations
  • Reading Ovid's rapes
   
  Reading for this class:
 
  • Ovid, Metamorphoses books 1 and 6
   
   
April 17
  Ovid: The Metamorphoses (Curley)
Monday
 
  • Narrator and narration
  • Greek myth in Roman landscapes
   
  Reading for this class:
 
  • Ovid, Metamorphoses books 10 and 15
   
   
April 19
  The rise of Christianity (Denzey)
Wednesday
 
  • The "Jesus question"
  • The "Homeric question"
  • The conversion of the Empire
   
  Reading for this class:
 
  • Kebric, Roman People chh. 8 and 9
   
   
April 21
  The end of the Empire (Arnush)
Friday
 
  • Issues relating to the fall
   
  Reading for this class:
 
  • Kebric, Roman People ch. 10
   
   
April 24
  Symposium on Roman civilization (Arnush-Curley-Mechem)
Monday
 
  • This is your opportunity to ask questions on any facet of the Roman world
   
    Due in class:
   
     
    Evening lecture:
   
  • Ruth Copans, Scribner Library
    -- "Books and Printing"
    -- Pondorff Room, Scribner Library, 7:00 p.m.
     
 
 
 
   
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