Introduction to Roman Life and Literature

Course Details
& Course Number
CLASSIC 202, LEC 201
Class Number
Course Type
Undergraduate (Milwaukee Campus)
Meets Requirements
Humanities (HU)
Elisabetta Cova
Course Dates
May 31-July 9, 2022 (6 weeks)

Classic 202 introduces students to the civilization of Ancient Rome, in particular it examines the period of time spanning from the legendary beginnings of Rome -around the eighth century BCE- to the collapse of the Roman Republic at the end of the first century BCE, with a focus on Roman culture, literature, and society during this period. In this course students will read and analyze ancient Roman literary works in translation including historical, rhetorical, philosophical, theatrical and poetical texts, and will relate them to the social and cultural history of that period. Authors, such as Plautus, Cicero and Catullus and their literary genres will be introduced, as well as specific topics related to Roman society during the Republic. Students will appreciate the influence of ancient Greece on Roman literature and society, the complex relationship between Greek and Roman culture, as well as the long lasting effects of Roman civilization on today’s culture and society.

Course Syllabus (.pdf)