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CLAS 2008 - Life in the Golden Age of Rome

Career: Undergraduate
Units: 3
Term: Semester 1
Campus: North Terrace
Contact: Up to 3 hours per week
Available for Study Abroad and Exchange: Yes
Available for Non-Award Study: Yes
Pre-Requisite: At least 12 units of Level I undergraduate study including at least 3 units of Level I Classics courses
Incompatible: CLAS 2036
Assessment: Tutorial summary (500 words) 10%, Tutorial paper (1200 words) 20%, Research essay (2250 words) 30%, Exam 40%
Biennial Course: Course offered in even years

In this course we will examine the history of key features of Roman cultural and social life during the 'golden age' of imperial Rome in the second century AD. We begin with a review of imperial expansion in the later first century AD, using the historian Tacitus both as a source for Roman views on their own imperialism and as an example of an historical genre that emphasised empirical data rather than overt political glorification of empire. We will then explore select intellectual and literary contributions of the late first and second centuries AD through the filter of 'fact and fiction'. This is the century of a developed interest in the application of empiricism to medicine and industry; an intense interest in the surrounding (conquered) natural world. It is also the century of the first 'science fiction' novel and more broadly of fiction-writing as a fully-developed and highly-prized literary genre. The contributions of Roman provincials to this impressive and popular cultural flowering will be discussed by detailed studies of works in the tutorial programme. Lastly, we will look at the social fabric of mainstream Roman society during this period: the nature of the Roman household, including marriage, romance and divorce. Using both legal texts and a selection of the literary texts already studied, we will also consider the position and role of slaves in the domestic life of Romans.

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Critical Dates

Term Last Day to Add Online Census Date Last Day to WNF Last Day to WF
Semester 1 Tue 15/03/2022 Thu 24/03/2022 Fri 06/05/2022 Fri 10/06/2022

Class Details

Enrolment Class: Lecture
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
19560 LEC0 75 36 This class does not have any timetabled face-to-face sessions. Please check MyUni or contact your Course Coordinator for details.
Note: This lecture is pre-recorded and can be viewed any time after publication in MyUni. Please refer to MyUni for details once enrolled.
Related Class: Tutorial
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
12123 TU03 25 11 3 Mar - 7 Apr Thursday 3pm - 4pm Hughes, 111b, Teaching Room
5 May - 2 Jun Thursday 3pm - 4pm Hughes, 111b, Teaching Room
12125 TU01 25 6 2 Mar - 6 Apr Wednesday 11am - 12pm Napier, 210, Teaching Room
4 May - 1 Jun Wednesday 11am - 12pm Napier, 210, Teaching Room
15726 TU04 15 9 2 Mar - 6 Apr Wednesday 3pm - 4pm MyUni, OL, Online Class
4 May - 1 Jun Wednesday 3pm - 4pm MyUni, OL, Online Class