LATN 019. Roman Imperial Literature

This is an intermediate Latin course that will focus on reading a few key texts in order to give us insight into everyday life and social history in imperial Rome. The primary aim of the class is to improve students' skills of reading Latin. A secondary goal is to examine the lives of various social groups in imperial Rome, including slaves, recently freed men and women, and freeborn citizens. We will consider their attitudes on a number of issues still relevant today, including gender, grief, slavery, education, administration, love, justice and morality. The principal Latin texts will be Petronius' Satyrica, the letters of Pliny the Younger, and seleted documents such as inscriptions and papyri. Students with no previous Latin courses at the college level should consult the instructor before enrolling.
1 credit.
Catalog chapter: Classics  
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