Classics 151g: Civilization of Rome

This course surveys the social, political and intellectual history of the Roman world from 240 BCE to 138CE. The lectures focus on the political, social, literary and artistic achievements of the late Republic and early Empire, when contact with the countries of the civilized east, especially Greece, spurred Rome to produce a radically new socio-intellectual image. The discussion sections, in addition to attending to the main issues of the course, examine works of literature treated more summarily in the lectures and the relationship between the modern and the ancient world. The purpose throughout is to provide the historical, literary an artistic understanding necessary for an appreciation of the importance and contemporary relevance of Rome's major cultural achievements. No knowledge of Latin is required.

Fulfills GE Category I.