This course will investigate central aspects of Roman civilization: politics, religion, law, oratory, private life, public entertainment, literature, and visual art and architecture. We will also examine the place of ancient Rome in the western imagination, and the influence of ancient Rome on later politics, literature, and art.
Readings from Latin poetry, ca. 300 CE - ca. 600 CE. Topics include the relationship of this poetry to its classical past, its identity as "late" literature, the historical contexts and purposes of the texts and the development of a Christian Latin poetic tradition.