CLSS-141-01 Roman History: Empire
Fall for 2016-2017
For centuries the Roman empire allowed millions of people, from Spain to the Middle East, to live in peace. In this class we explore how, looking at the figure of the emperor and the imperial court; war and diplomacy; the everyday lives of rich and poor; mass entertainments in the city of Rome and the provinces; law and individual freedom; emperor-worship, the growth of Christianity and stories of the martyrs. Evidence examined includes classics of ancient historical writing such as Suetonius’ lives of the Caesars as well as original documents and the material remains of cities, country estates, and army forts. Some attention is also paid to the legacy of Rome, from the empires of Charlemagne through to Great Britain.
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