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HI363 (CC365) Age of Augustus

Prof. Michael Arnush Ladd 209 x5462
marnush@skidmore.edu Office hours: MW 12.15-1.15pm
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For background reading on the Roman republic, you might wish to examine David Shotter's The Fall of the Roman Republic, Lancaster Pamphlets in Ancient History, 2nd ed. (Oxford: Routledge, 2005), available as an e-book in Scribner Library. In order to access e-books from off-campus, you will need to use secure access to the College's servers: download and then launch VPN (Virtual Private Network), logging in with your Skidmore email and password.
       
Week
Date
Topic
Readings & other sources
1
1/24
Introduction

Source criticism (pptx) (assignment)

 1/26
  • Levick, "Introduction: Surviving Sources," pp. 15-19 & notes (always read all notes that accompany readings)
  • Zanker, "Introduction" & ch. 1, "Conflict and Contradiction in the Imagery of the Dying Republic," pp. 1-31
  • Overview of the Republic & Map, 25 BCE
  • Essay 1: assignment
       
2 
1/31
 
2/2
  • Guest lecture: Prof. Leslie Mechem
       
3
2/7
  • Galinsky, "Introduction" & ch. 1, "Augustus & the Power of Tradition," pp. 1-32
  • Levick, "Introduction" & ch. 1, "Octavian: Heir of an Autocrat," pp. 23-53
  • Augustus' consulships
  2/9 Autobiography
Res Gestae images
       
4
2/14
2/16
  • Cooley pp. 54-94 (esp. section F, Tac. Annals 1.1-15)
  • Zanker, ch. 4, "The Augustan Program of Cultural Renewal," pp. 101-166
       
5
2/21
Suetonius &
Res Gestae
2/23
  • Zanker, ch. 5, "The Mythical Foundations of the New Rome," pp. 167-238
       
6
2/28
Myth & history
  • See readings for 2/23
3/1
Augustus princeps
  • Galinsky, ch. 2, "Augustus & the Making of the Principate," pp. 33-51
  • Levick, ch. 4, "Opposition & Discontent," pp. 164-195
  • Cooley pp. 185-202, H18-52
  • Essay 2 due
       
7
3/6
  • Galinsky, ch. 3, "Mutatas Formas," pp. 52-62 & 65-76
  • Levick, ch. 5, "The Self-Presentation of a Monarch," pp. 202-220, 239-240
  • Zanker, ch. 6, "Form & Meaning of the New Ideology," pp. 239-264
  • Portland Vase (British Museum)
3/8

Midterm

       
8
3/13
 
Spring Break
3/15
 
Spring Break
       
9
3/20
Family
Summary of leges
Lex Iulia adulteriis
  • Galinsky, ch. 6, "Women in the Time of Augustus," pp. 130-147
  • Zanker, ch. 7, "The New Imagery in the Private Sphere," pp. 265-296
  • Cooley pp. 203-227; P1-18; S1-29
  • For Thursday: by 11am send to me via email a one-paragraph statement of your proposed final project research topic and an alternative paragraph (only if you are concerned about the viability of your preferred focus). The topic sentence should be grammatically correct and carefully proofread.
3/22
Final projects
Religion
  • Galinsky, ch. 3, "Mutatas Formas," pp. 62-65; ch. 8, pp. 175-193, "Augustus and Roman Religion: Continuity, Conservatism, & Innovation"
  • Levick, ch. 7, "Unmasking a God," pp. 288-318
  • Cooley pp. 258-279
       
10
3/27
  • Galinsky, ch. 12, "Learned Eyes: Poets, Viewers, Image Makers," pp. 281-305
  • Levick, ch. 6, "Augustus in Art & Literature," pp. 251-280
  • Cooley pp. 95-99; R1-13, 16-27
10
3/29
Vergil

Discussion leaders

  • Galinsky, ch. 13, "Augustan Poetry & Augustanism," pp. 306-312; ch. 15, "Vergil's Aeneid and Ovid's Metamorphoses as World Literature," pp. 340-351
  • Cooley G1-2, 8-12, 36-38; R15
       
11
4/3
Horace

Discussion leaders

  • Galinsky, ch. 13, "Augustan Poetry & Augustanism," pp. 312-313; ch. 14, "Poets in the New Milieu: Realigning," pp. 321-339
  • Cooley G3-7, 21-29, 34-35, 41-46; R14
4/5
Ovid

Discussion leaders

  • Galinsky, ch. 15, "Vergil's Aeneid & Ovid's Metamorphoses," pp. 351-358
  • Cooley G47-56
  • Final project: outline / annotated biblio. due
       
12
4/10
Meetings with Arnush
       
4/12
Meetings with Arnush
       
13 4/17

Readings to be divided among class members

  • Galinsky, ch. 4, "Romans in the Roman World," pp. 85-105
  • Galinsky, ch. 5, "Provincial Perspectives," pp. 106-129
  • Galinsky, ch. 10, "Making Rome a World City," pp. 234-263
  • ch. 8, "The Roman Empire of Augustus: Imperial Myth and Cult in East and West," pp. 297-333

To be read by everyone

  • Galinsky, "Conclusion," pp. 335-339
  • The end of Levick's ch. 7, "Unmasking a God," pp. 288-318
  • Cooley pp. 280-330
    What do these documents reveal about the nature of the administration of the empire under Augustus - both from the perspective of Romans and from that of provincials?
    How do these documents help us define Augustus’ role in the lives of Romans and provincials in peregrine (i.e., “foreign”) locales in the empire?
       
  4/19 No class

Final project: rough draft due, 2pm

       
14 
4/24
  • Emily K.: Horace’s 4th book of Odes and the independence of Augustan poets
  • Chris: Vergil’s Ecl. 4, Horace’s Odes 4.15 & Augustus’ relationship with poets
  • Emily L.: Vergil Aeneid 8, the “Shield of Aeneas” and Augustus’ ambitions
  • Torie: Aeneas as the exemplum pietatis for Augustus
  4/26
       
15 5/1
  5/4 Final draft Due via Blackboard and in my office (Ladd 209) by 2pm
       
16 5/8
  • Rowley: Disaster in the Teutoberg Forest: Varus, Augustus and Agrippa in 9CE
  • Costa: Long-term impact of the defeat of Varus in the Teutoberg Forest
  • Tom: Augustus and the pontificate
  • Jess: Augustus and the food/grain supply of Rome
  • Jon: Augustus and the food/grain supply of Rome
  • Nick: Augustus’ use of Alexander’s iconography
  • Eli: Judaea’s role in the Augustan empire
  • Adam: Ludi Saeculares of 17 BCE