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HI363 Age of Augustus
LI213 TuTh 2.10-3.30pm


Prof. Michael Arnush Starbuck 201D x8113
marnush@skidmore.edu Hrs.: TuTh 1-2


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Week Date Topic Text Readings (list of facilitators)
Timeline
Source discussions: some suggestions
  Dio Cassius' History of Rome (see books 51-55)
  The Augustan family (print as landscape)
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1 Jan. 23 Introduction & expectations HI363 Syllabus
    The Roman Republic Recommended: Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Rome; map of the Mediterranean in 25 BCE
         
  Jan. 25 Introduction to the Augustan Age AC
Introduction: "The Augustan Evolution," pp. 3-9
      CC
Introduction, pp. 1-9
       
D. Shotter, Augustus Caesar (London: Routledge, 1991), pp. 18-83 (skim: text; glossary)
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2 Jan. 30 Augustus' auctoritas AC
Ch. 1: "A Principal Concept: Auctoritas," pp. 10-41
CC
Ch. 1: "Augustus and the Power of Tradition,", pp. 13-32
Lactor
Section A, Res Gestae Divi Augusti, pp. 23-35
Section B, The Fasti Consulares as needed
     
   

Directed discussions assignments for week 3 will be made in class today - volunteers welcome.

Images to consider (all but one < Scribner Library's Re:discovery database; here's a website on Augustan portraiture from Indiana University we will turn to later):

  7-9pm
Ladd307
Screen episodes of HBO's Rome: assign response paper #1 (please see the Requirements webpage for details). For those who have conflicting appointments, please arrange to borrow the DVD and return it by Friday noon.
       
 
  Feb. 1 Augustus and the res publica AC
Ch. 2: "The Restoration of the Res Publica," pp. 42-79
      Lactor
Sect. H, pp. 180-189, H1-H27 (we will return to H18-52 in week 4)
 
Group discussions: we begin today's class with group work. Each group will meet for fifteen minutes to conduct an assessment of the primary sources (the surviving ancient testimonia); a group recorder will then share the results in a five minute report with the class.

The following four groups are to assess how to use the Lactor primary sources as evidence to substantiate the claim that Augustus sought and established his position through auctoritas (substantive power) rather than potestas (transactional power). Calibrate your assessment against the backdrop of the AC and CC readings and the RG.

  • Group 1 (Cassie, David B., Chrissy, Alex S.): H1-H8: (Octavian) as triumvir
  • Group 2 (Cara, Ben F., Alex C., Neil): H9-17: Actium and the aftermath
  • Group 3 (Abby, David H., Ben M., Margaret): H18-H25: Settlement of 28-27 BCE
  • Group 4 (Danielle, Nat, Dan M., Ann): H26-H27: Settlement of 23 BCE

The following two groups are to assess how to use the Res Gestae as evidence to substantiate the claim that Augustus sought and established his position through through auctoritas (substantive power) rather than potestas (transactional power). Calibrate your assessment against the backgrop of the AC & CC readings and the primary sources collected in Lactor.

  • Group 5 (Alissa, Chris, Josh; Tom - ill): RG 6-14
  • Group 6 (Dan W., Susie, Jon, Lela): RG 15-33

After the group reports we will examine RG 1 and 34-35 and AC pp. 42-79 together to see how Augustus articulated precisely what, from 44 to 23 BCE (though the events of 23 are not articulated by him in the RG), he did to lay claim to his substantive power.

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3 Feb. 6 Augustus and the historians AC
Ch.5, "Augustan Literature," pp. 280-287
Lela Ilyinsky
Dan Walfield
Ben Matthews
Lactor
Sects. D-F, pp. 54-94 (note: print out this file - 41pp. and nearly 5 megabytes)
        Hand in response paper #1
    Writing history: Essay assigned
         
  Feb. 8 Augustus and Suetonius  
Suetonius Life of Augustus (read this .pdf file in its entirety)
Susie Warden
Matthew Knight
David Baker
   
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4 Feb. 13 Augustus as princeps CC
Ch. 2: "Augustus and the Making of the Principate," pp. 33-51
Tom Pettit
Jon Hunsberger
Dan Walfield
Lactor
       
 
  Feb. 15 Augustan ideology AC
Ch. 3: "Ideas, Ideals and Values," pp. 81-100
Ben Matthews
Lela Ilyinsky
David Heyman
  CC Ch. 3: "Mutatas Formas," pp. 55-62, 65-76
 

 

  • Roman calendar (good for finding out what today would have been in the Roman calendar)
  • Three images of the fasti from the Arch of Augustus in the Roman Forum
  • Calendar of Antium (pre-45 BCE)
  • Examples of declamatory exercises (suasoriae and controversiae)
  • E. Fantham, "Cicero, Varro and M. Claudius Marcellus," Phoenix 31 (1977) 208-13 [consuetudo (usage) vs. ratio / analogia (regularisation in language)]
  • Text of clupeus virtutis found at Arles, dating to 26 BCE (AC fig. 37 p. 87): Senatus populusque Romanus Imp(eratori) Caesari Divi F(ilio) Augusto co(n)s(ulo) VIII [= octavo] dedit clupeum virtutis clementiae iustitiae pietatis erga deos patriamque.
    Writing history: Essay due
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5 Feb. 20
Continuation from Thurs., led by Ben Matthews 
CC Ch. 3: "Mutatas Formas," pp. 55-62, 65-76
The Augustan family (print as landscape) AC
Ch. 3: "Ideas, Ideals and Values," pp. 128-140
Margaret Drake
Cassie Allen
Chrissy Bach

-or- CC
Ch. 6: "Women in the Time of Augustus," pp. 130-147
    Come to class as your favorite family member  Lactor
       
Feb. 22 Religion in the age of Augustus AC
Ch. 3: "Ideas, Ideals and Values," pp. 100-106; ch. 6, "Religion," pp. 288-322
Ben Fairbank
Abby Cohen
Josh Cipolla
 
CC
Ch. 3: "Mutatas Formas," pp. 62-65; ch. 8, "Augustus and Roman Religion: Continuity, Conservatism, and Innovation," pp. 175-193
      Lactor
Sect. L, pp. 258-279
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 6 Feb. 27 Augustan state art as an ideological vehicle: Ara Pacis AC
Ch. 3: "Ideas, Ideals and Values," pp. 106-121; ch. 4, "Art and Architecture," pp. 141-155
Alex Cummings
Chris Bendann
Susie Warden
  
  Lactor
Sect. K13-14
  7-9pm
TLC307

Screen BBC's I, Claudius:

Assign response paper #2: critique I, Claudius from an historical perspective, drawing on the literary sources for points of comparison. Which characteristics of the family members ring true, and which ones hollow? If you were a filmmaker with an unlimited budget, what would you do differently in your portrayal of Augustus and his family?

       
Mar. 1 Portraiture & ideology: Prima Porta Augustus AC
Ch. 4: "Art and Architecture," pp. 155-179
Roman Forum site at Univ. of Chicago
Neil Bornstein
Danielle Staubitz
Alex Shapiro
 
Begin exploring possible final project topics
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7 Mar. 6 Art and narrative in the Augustan Age CC
Ch. 9, "Semblance and Storytelling in Augustan Rome," pp. 197-233
Tom Pettit
Cassie Allen
Ben Fairbank
Conducting research: "Introducing the Book"
  7-9pm
TLC307

Screen BBC's I, Claudius:

Hand in response paper #2 (we will watch the episode containing Augustus' death - Episode 5: "Poison is Queen" (48 mins.) - at some point late in the semester).

       
  Mar. 8 Constructing the city: Augustan architecture and urban planning AC
Ch. 4: "Art and Architecture," pp. 197-224
Alissa de Vogel
Josh Cipolla
Nat Osborn
  CC
Ch. 3: "Mutatas Formas," pp. 76-84; ch. 10, "Making Rome a World City," pp. 234-263
      Lactor
Sect. K1-12, 15-73
     
Submit Interlibrary Loan requests no later than this date
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8 Mar. 13-15: Spring Break
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9 Mar. 20 Intro. to Golden Age literature AC
Ch. 3: "Ideas, Ideals and Values," pp. 90-100, 121-128; ch.5, "Augustan Literature," pp. 225-244
Chris Bendann
Alex Cummings
Cara Bonnington
 
CC
Ch. 12: "Learned Eyes: Poets, Viewers, Image Makers," pp. 281-305
      Lactor
Sect. G, pp. 95-99; Sect. R1-13, 16-27
       
  Mar. 22 Vergil AC
Ch.5, "Augustan Literature," pp. 244-253
Alissa de Vogel
Nat Osborn
David Baker
  CC
Ch. 13: "Augustan Poetry and Augustanism," pp. 306-312; ch. 15, "Vergil's Aeneid and Ovid's Metamorphoses as World Literature," pp. 340-351
      Lactor
Sect. G1-2, 8-12, 37-38; R15
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10 Mar. 27 Horace AC
Ch.5, "Augustan Literature," pp. 253-261
Matt Knight
Jon Hunsberger
Neil Bornstein
  CC
Ch. 13: "Augustan Poetry and Augustanism," pp. 312-313; ch. 14, "Poets in the New Milieu: Realigning," pp. 321-339
      Lactor
Sect. G3-7, 21-29, 34-35, 41-46; R14
       
 
  Mar. 29 Ovid AC
Ch.5, "Augustan Literature," pp. 261-269
Margaret Drake
Dan Moran
Danielle Staubitz
CC
Ch. 15, "Vergil's Aeneid and Ovid's Metamorphoses as World Literature," pp. 351-358
      Lactor
Sect. G47-56
       
Final project: topic statement and annotated bibliography due

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REVISED SCHEDULE

11 Apr. 3 Elegy: Tibullus and Propertius AC
Ch.5, "Augustan Literature," pp. 269-279
Chrissy Bach
Cara Bonnington
Abby Cohen
CC
Ch. 13: "Augustan Poetry and Augustanism," pp. 314-320
      Lactor
Sect. G13-19, 30-33, 39
       
 
Apr. 5 Romanization AC
Ch. 6: "Religion," pp. 322-331
Dan Moran
Alex Shapiro
David Heyman
  CC
Ch. 4: "Romans in the Roman World," pp. 85-105; ch. 5, "Provincial Perspectives," pp. 86-129
       
Final project: outline and updated annotated bibliography due
      Lactor
Sect. M, pp. 280-310
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12 Apr. 10 No class
         
  Apr. 12 Rome straddles the world AC
Ch. 7: "Central Characteristics," pp. 332-375
Arnush flies solo   Lactor
Sect. N, pp. 311-330
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13 Apr. 17 Final presentations  
       
 
  Apr. 19 Final presentations  
 
       
  Apr. 20 Parilia: A Celebration of Undergraduate Classical Scholarship: Hamilton College, Clinton, New York
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14 Apr. 24 Final presentations  
Final project: draft and final annotated bibliography due
       
 
  Apr. 26 Final presentations  
 
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15 May 1 Reflections: Augustan Age AC
Ch. 8: "Epilogue: Auctor Perpetuus," pp. 376-389
     
  May 4 Final project due
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16 May 8 Final Exam: 9am-noon
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  Unused chapters
  Constructing the home: domestic settings AC
Ch. 11: "Augustan Domestic Interiors: Propaganda or Fashion?" pp. 264-278
    CC
Ch. 4: "Art and Architecture," pp. 179-197
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