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CLAS 28

Life in Ancient Rome
Required books:

- Shelton, Jo-Ann. As the Romans Did. Oxford 1998.

- Apuleius, The Golden Ass, Penguin Classics. 2004, trans. Kenney.

- Cicero, Selected Political Speeches, Penguin Classics. 1989, trans. Grant.

- Livy, The Early History of Rome, Penguin Classics. 2002, trans. Selincourt.

- Petronius, The Satyricon, and Seneca, The Apocolokyntosis, Penguin Classics. 1986, trans. Sullivan.

- Plautus, The Pot of Gold and Other Plays, Penguin Classics. 1965, trans. Watling.

- Course Package, available at the Classics Department.


Grade:

- Papers: 20

- Quizzes: 10

- Midterm: 20

- Final: 30

- CE project: 20


Schedule, themes and assignments:

Week 1. Introduction

Jan. 27 T Welcome to Ancient Rome

No assignment

Jan. 29 Th Myths, Stories and History of Rome

Reading: Livy, pp. 29-74

Books on reserve to know more: Carcopino, Daily life in Ancient Rome; Adkins, Handbook to Life in Ancient Rome.
Week 2. Houses, Family and Society

Feb. 3 T Houses and Cities

Reading: Shelton, pp. 59-78 and Livy, pp. 74-104. 1st Short Paper Due

Feb. 5 Th Family and Society

Reading: Shelton, pp. 4-36 and Cicero, Against Catilina 93-108

Books on reserve to know more: Wallace-Hadrill, Houses and Society in Pompeii and Herculanum; Rawson, The Family in Ancient Rome; Rawson, Marriage, divorce, and children in ancient Rome; Bradley, Discovering the Roman Family; Dixon, The Roman Family.


Week 3. Freedmen and Slaves

Feb. 10 T Slaves and Freedmen

Reading: Plautus, Pseudolus, pp. 215-68

Feb. 12 Th Slaves and Freedmen

Reading: Shelton, pp. 163-202 1st Quiz, Select CE Project

Books on reserve to know more: Bradley, Slavery and Society at Rome; Wiedemann, Greek and Roman slavery; Finley, Ancient Slavery and Modern Ideology; Bradley, Slaves and Masters in the Roman Empire; Watson, Roman slave law.


Week 4. Women and Marriage

Feb. 17 T Women

Reading: Cicero Pro Caelio 165-214

Feb. 19 Th Love and Marriage

Reading: Shelton, pp. 288-306 and 37-58 1st 3pp-Paper Due

Books on reserve to know more: Fantham, Women in the Classical World; Dixon The Roman Mother; Pomeroy, Goddesses, Whores and Wives; Treggiari, Iusti coniuges.


Week 5. The Body, Sex and Education

Feb. 24 T Education and Occupations

Reading: Shelton, pp. 100-162

Feb. 26 Th The Body, Clothes and Sex

Reading: Course package # 1

Books on reserve to know more: Bowen, History of western education (vol. 1); Harris, Ancient Literacy; Pomeroy, Goddesses, Whores and Wives; Carcopino, Daily life in Ancient Rome; Adkins, Handbook to Life in Ancient Rome.


Week 6. Food and War

Mar. 3 T Food and Dining

Reading: Shelton, pp. 79-85 and Petronius, Satyricon, pp. 51-91

Mar. 5 Th Military Life, War and Imperialism

Reading: Shelton, pp. 243-267 2nd Short Paper Due

Books on reserve to know more: Wilkins, Food in the Ancient World; Erdkamp, A Companion to the Roman Army; Keppie, The Making of the Roman Army; Harris, War and Imperialism in Republican Rome; Flower, Cambridge Companion to the Roman Republic.


Week 7. Gladiators and Midterm

Mar. 10 T Games and Gladiators

No assignment: study for the Midterm!

Mar. 12 Th MIDTERM

Books on reserve to know more: Wiedemann, Emperors and gladiators; Carcopino, Daily life in Ancient Rome; Hopkins, Death and Renewal.
Week 8. Religions and Traveling

Mar. 24 T Superstitions and Religion

Reading: Shelton, pp. 359-404 and 417-30

Mar. 26 Th Roads, Mailing, Traveling

Reading: Shelton, pp. 323-9 and Apuleius, 7-55

Books on reserve to know more: Scheid, An Introduction to Roman Religion; North, Beard, Price, Religions of Rome, 2 vols; Warrior, Roman Religion; Feeney, Literature and Religion in Rome. Adkins, Handbook to Life in Ancient Rome.


Week 9. The Law, Luxury and Money

Mar. 31 T Law and Outlaws

Reading: Apuleius, 56-71 and 128-171 3rd Short Paper Due

Apr. 2 Th Vices, Luxury and Money

Reading: Apuleius, 172-214 and Course Package # 3

Books on reserve to know more: Wiseman, Catullus and his World; Crook, Law and Life in Rome; Adkins, Handbook to Life in Ancient Rome.


Week 10. Government and Politics

Apr. 7 T Government and Politics

Reading: Shelton, pp. 203-42 and 268-87

Apr. 9 Th Good and Bad Emperors

Reading: Seneca, Apocolokyntosis 209-42 2nd Quiz

Books on reserve to know more: Freedman, Government and Politics; Levick, The Government of the Roman Empire; Flower, Cambridge Companion to the Roman Republic; Adkins, Handbook to Life in Ancient Rome.


Week 11. Violence and Provinces

Apr. 14 T Violence and the Law

Reading: Cicero Pro Milone 215-78

Apr. 16 Th Life in the Provinces

Reading: Course Package # 4

Books on reserve to know more: Lintott, Violence, Civil Strife and Revolution in the Classical City; Woolf, Et tu brute; Crook, Law and Life in Rome; Wiseman, The World of Catullus.

Week 12. Spectacles and Entertainment

Apr. 21 T Theatre and Baths

Reading: Sh 307-14 and 346-8 CE Presentations

Apr. 23 Th Good and Bad Days in Rome Artifact entry Due

Reading: Cicero, Against Catilina, 71-93 CE Presentations

Books on reserve to know more: Bieber, The History of Greek and Roman Theater; Harrison, A Companion to Latin Literature; Nielsen, Thermae et Balnea: the Architecture and Cultural History of Roman Public Baths, 2 vols; Yegul, Baths and Bathing in Classical Antiquity; Carcopino, Daily life in Ancient Rome; Adkins, Handbook to Life in Ancient Rome.


Week 13. Pompeii and Technology

Apr. 28 T Life in Pompeii

Reading: Course Package # 6

Apr. 30 Th Technology and Inventions

Reading: Course Package # 7 3rd Quiz

Books on reserve to know more: Dobbins, The World of Pompeii; Cooley, Pompeii a Sourcebook; Wallace-Hadrill, Houses and Society in Pompeii and Herculanum. Adkins, Handbook to Life in Ancient Rome.


Week 14. Judaism and Christianity

May 5 T Jews in the Roman world

Reading: Josephus, selections, on e-reserve

May 7 Th Christians in the Roman World

Reading: Selections, on e-reserve 2nd 3pp. Paper Due

Books on reserve to know more: Feldman, Jew and Gentile in the Ancient World; Shafer, History of the Jews in the Greco-Roman World; Brown, The Body and Society; Shafer, Judaeophobia. Attitudes toward the Jews in the Ancient World; Chadwick, The Church in Ancient Society; Markus, Christianity in the Roman World; Fox, Pagans and Christians.


FINAL TBA (Examination period 5.11-15)
Papers

  • 3 Short papers, 3% each, max. 1 double-spaced page.

  • 2 Longer papers, 5 % each, max. 3 double-spaces pages.

1st title: Select a short passage (a sentence, max. a paragraph) from the assigned readings and write a reaction essay. Your reaction will explain why the passage you chose is relevant and how it contributes to your understanding of the topic it documents.

Other titles will be given in class.


Center for Community Engagement group projects
- Option 1. Presentation of a Roman artifact from the Mead Museum to a CE group

- Option 2. Presentation of a Roman artifact from the Mead Museum to a CE group

- Option 3. Presentation of a Roman artifact from the Mead Museum to the Amherst community, on April 21st 4.30-6pm.
A. Form a group p of 3 people, select an artifact from the available list and study it thoroughly. How was it fabricated? Does it have any artistic value? What does it tell us about the daily life in ancient Rome? How typical is it of other Roman artifacts of the same type and why does it matter?

B. Present your artifact to a group of people coming to campus through the CCE: for options 1 and 2 the entity of the group and the dates are TBA; 3. Amherst community (April 21st 4.30-6pm). Presentations of 6-8 minutes will take place in the Mead teaching seminar room in the presence of the artifact.

C. Write a Museum entry for your artifact: good entries will be published (with your names and a picture of the object) on the Mead and on the Classics Department websites. The artifacts of group 3 will also be part of an exhibit to be held at the Mead Museum after your public presentation on April 21st.

D. Record an i-pod guide tour of your object.

CCE Project Grade:

One third of your project grade will depend on how well you engage your audience during your presentation: you will need to have a solid grasp of your artifact, to be clear, to illustrate what is relevant as well as to arise and respond questions. One third of the grade will depend on the written entry for your artifact, and the last third will depend on your i-pod audio tour of the selected object.
Books on reserve:

Adkins, Handbook to Life in Ancient Rome. 1994 DG77 .A35 1994

Beard, North and Price, Religions of Rome. 2 vols. 1998 BL802 .B43 1998

Bieber, The History of Greek and Roman Theater. 1961 PA3201 .B52 1961

Bowen, A History of Western Education. 1972 LA11 .B622

Bradley, Slaves and Masters in the Roman Empire. 1987 HT863 .B72 1987

Bradley, K. R. Slavery and Society at Rome. 1994 HT863 .B7 1994

Bradley, Discovering the Roman Family. 1991 HQ511 .B73 1991

Brown, The body and Society. 2008 BR195.C45 B76 2008

Carcopino, Daily Life in Ancient Rome. (1940) 2004 937.3 C177d R

Chadwick, The Church in Ancient Society. 2001 BR160 .C45 2001

Cooley and Cooley, Pompeii: a Sourcebook. 2004 DG70.P7 C628 2004

Crook, Law and Life in Rome. 1967. Also e-BOOK 937.9 C882l

Dixon, The Roman Family. 1992. Also e-BOOK HQ511 .D59 1992

Dixon, The Roman Mother. 1988 HQ759 .D59 1988

Dobbins, The World of Pompeii. 2007 DG70.P7 W77 2007

Erdkamp, A Companion to the Roman Army. 2007 U35 .C648 2007

Fantham, Women in the Classical World. 1994 HQ1127 .W652 1994

Feeney, Literature and Religion in Rome. 1998 PA6029.R4 F44 1998

Feldman, Jew and Gentile in the Ancient World 1993. Also e-BOOK BM534 .F45 1993

Flower, Cambridge Companion to the Roman Republic. 2004 e-BOOK DG235 .C36 ‘04

Fox, Pagans and Christians. 1987 BR170 .M36

Freedman, P. Food: a History of Taste. 2007 TX353 .F668 2007

Finley, Ancient Slavery and Modern Ideology. 1983 HT863 .F48 1983

Harris, Ancient Literacy. 1989. Also e-BOOK PA53 .H37 1989

Harris, War and Imperialism in Republican Rome. 1985. Also e-BOOK DG231.3 .H3

Harrison, A Companion to Latin Literature. 2005 PA6004 .C66 2005

Hopkins, Death and Renewal. 1983 JC83 .H76 1983

Keppie, The Making of the Roman Army. 1998 DG89 .K47 1998

Levick, The Government of the Roman Empire. 2000 e-BOOK DG83 .L62 2000

Lintott, Imperium Romanum: Politics and Administration. 1993 DG241 .L56 1993

Lintott, Violence, Civil strife and Revolution in the Classical City. 1999 DG211 .L5 1999

Markus, Christianity in the Roman World. 1974 BR170 .M36

Nielsen, Thermae at Balnea: the Architecture and Cultural History of Roman Public Baths. 2 vols 1993 xDG97 .N54 1993

Pomeroy, Goddesses, Whores and Wives. 1995. Also e-BOOK HQ1134 .P64

Rawson, The Family in Ancient Rome. 1986 HQ511 .F35 1986

Rawson, (ed.) Marriage, Divorce, and Children in Ancient Rome. 1991 HQ511 .M37 ‘91

Scheid, An Introduction to Roman Religion. 2003 BL803 .S3413 2003

Shafer, History of the Jews in the Greco-Roman World. 2003 DS122 .S2813 2003

Shafer, Judaeophobia. Attitudes toward the Jews in the Ancient Worl.d 1997 DS146.G8 S33 1997

Treggiari, Iuxsti Coniuges. 1991. Also e-BOOK KJA2233 .T74 1991

Wallace-Hadrill, Houses and Society in Pompeii and Herculanum. 1994 DG70.P7 W33 1994

Warrior, Roman Religion. 2006 BL803 .W37 2006

Watson, Roman Slave Law. 1987 KJA2198 .W38 1987

Wiedemann, T. (ed.) Greek and Roman Slavery. 1988 . Also e-BOOK HT863 .G73 1988

Wiedemann, Emperors and Gladiators. 1992. Also e-BOOK GV35 .W54 1992

Wilkins, (ed.) Food in the Ancient World. 2006 TX353 .W535 2006

Wiseman, Catullus and his World: a Reappraisal. 1985 PA6276 .W544 1985



Woolf, Et Tu Brute. 2007 DG267 .W66 2007

Yegul, Baths and Bathing in Classical Antiquity. 1992 DG97 .Y45 1992

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