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HSTAM 490 A: Topics In Ancient/medieval History

Meeting Time: 
MTWThF 9:30am - 10:20am
SIG 224
Joint Sections: 
CLAS 496 A
Alain M. Gowing

Syllabus Description:

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Briefly, this class -- entitled 'The Age of Nero' -- is a Special Topics class offered jointly as HSTAM 490 and Classics 496.  The class entails an overview of the history and culture of the reign of the Roman Emperor Nero (AD 54-68), a man celebrated in both ancient and modern times for his many eccentricities and contradictions. In addition to reading the primary historical evidence for Nero (esp. the Roman historian Tacitus), we will read selections from the best-known authors who wrote under Nero -- for example, the epic poet Lucan, the satirist Persius, the 'novelist' Petronius, the philosopher-politician Seneca -- as well as investigate the artistic and architectural achievements of the period (esp. Nero's famous Golden House). No previous knowledge of Roman history is expected or required.

Catalog Description: 
Examines special topics in ancient/medieval history.
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Last updated: 
January 10, 2018 - 9:52pm