The Making of a Roman Emperor

TR 2:30-4, 56-180

Through close examination of the emperor Augustus and his Julio-Claudian successors, this subject investigates how Roman emperors used art, architecture, coinage, and other media to create and project an image of themselves, how the surviving literary sources from the Roman period reinforced or subverted that image, and how both phenomena have contributed to post-classical perceptions of Roman emperors. Also considers works of Suetonius and Tacitus, and modern representations of the emperors such as those found in the films I, Claudius, Quo Vadis, and HBO’s Rome series. Enrollment limited to 15.

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Offered Spring 2023

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The Ancient World: Rome

Lecture: MW 12-1, 4-159
Recitation 1: R 12-1, 4-159
Recitation 2: F 1-2, 56-167
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Catalog Subject Faculty Level HASS Category
21H.130

The Ancient World: Greece

Alexander Forte Introductory HASS-H CI-H
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The Medieval World

Not offered regularly; consult department
Eric J. Goldberg Introductory HASS-H
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Barbarians, Saints, and Emperors

Eric J. Goldberg Intermediate HASS-H
21H.237

The City of Athens in the Age of Pericles

William Broadhead Intermediate HASS-H
21H.238

The Vikings

Eric J. Goldberg Intermediate HASS-H
21H.239

The City of Rome in the Age of the Caesars

TR 2:30-4, 66-156
William Broadhead Intermediate HASS-H
21H.240

The World of Charlemagne

MW 9:30-11, E51-385
Eric J. Goldberg Intermediate HASS-H CI-H
21H.331

Julius Caesar in the Fall of the Roman Republic

TR 3:30-5, 56-191
William Broadhead Seminar HASS-H
21H.333

Early Christianity

Not offered regularly; consult department
Eric J. Goldberg Seminar HASS-H