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CLAS 3320 Roman Civil War Literature (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

As soon as the Romans conquered an empire, they began tearing it apart, fighting a series of civil wars that ushered in a new imperial system. How did the Romans understand the experience of brother fighting brother? How did generals like Caesar and Augustus justify fighting their fellow Romans for their own gain? How did Roman poets use myth to explain the Romans’ special curse of civil war? This course explores the theme of civil war in Roman literature, by reading in Latin selections from a series of texts – including Caesar’s Civil War, Cicero’s letters, Augustus’ Res Gestae, Horace’s Odes, and Vergil’s Aeneid – in the historical and cultural context of Rome in the 1st century BC.


Instructor(s): Mark Thatcher

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 16-Oct-15