The course offers a history of Latin literature and analyzes various aspects of Roman civilization as reflected in the works of the most important Roman writers. These aspects include: Roman theater (Plautus); Roman politics and the art of rhetoric (Cicero); art, poetry and imperial propaganda education (Virgil, Horace and Ovid); daily life in the metropolis called Rome (Juvenal, Martial). Further attention is paid to Rome's attitude towards Greek culture; the role of women in Roman society; education; eating and drinking in the Roman age. Finally, the process of production, diffusion and transmission of ancient text is explained. Fragments of the works of Latin writers are read in translation. A fieldtrip to a historical library in Rome completes the class.
Cross-listed with English 3010.