Legendary Rome

Dr Jennifer Rea
Office: 142 Dauer Hall
Tel. 392 2075
e-mail: jrea@classics.ufl.edu
Office Hours Spring 08: T 3-5pm and by appointment

Teaching Assistant: Jimmy Lohmar
Office Hours: T 1:30-4:30pm
Office: TUR 3302
e-mail:jmlohmar@ufl.edu

Course Description:
A spectacle of murder and mysterious omens crafted the foundation stories of ancient Rome.  A city founded on bloodshed, civil strife, and crime seems an unlikely future setting for a great empire. But later Romans who lived during the time of the Empire appear to have reconciled the legends of their violent past with their current political and social milieu of peace and prosperity.  But what was the price they paid for this reconciliation?  How does this reconciliation affect Roman literature, history, and material culture?
 This course will explore the interconnections between place, literature, and Roman cultural identity.  We will look at the early foundation stories of Rome and examine how Rome’s past shaped the Romans’ perception of history and literature. By examining the tensions between the stories of Rome’s legendary past and its history during the empire, we will learn how the Romans created an ethos of virtue and honor from their humble yet violent beginnings. We will investigate how this ethos sharply contrasted with the realities of living during the time of the Roman Empire.
During the course of the semester, students will have the opportunity to do close readings of significant Roman literary and historical texts and explore Roman material culture.  Emphasis will be placed on critically thinking about and interpreting the past.  Viewing of key scenes from "I, Claudius" and the movie "Gladiator" will help shape the class discussions of violence as a cultural norm in the ancient world.

Required Texts:
Livy, The Early History of Rome
Vergil, The Aeneid
Tacitus, The Annals
Petronius, The Satyricon
These Were the Romans

 All textbooks are available for purchase at The University of Florida Bookstore.
 

Grading:
There will be three unit exams and each exam will be worth 1/3 of your final grade.  The exam format will consist of identifications (short answer) and essay questions based on the materials covered in the readings and lectures. 

Your final grade will be based on how well you do on three equally weighted multiple choice exams.  In addition, during the course of the semester you will have several opportunities to participate in extra-credit "minute paper" where you may write an essay based on a question I ask about the evening's lecture or reading assignment and each essay you write will have the ability to raise your final grade one full point. Opportunities for writing minute papers will be assigned to you based on the letters of the alphabet I have chosen for the evening; I will select random letters of the alphabet and if the first letter of your last name corresponds to one of the letters of the alphabet I have selected,then you may write an essay if you choose. You must be present to participate and hand in your essay at the end of the class period.

GRADING SCALE:
A=100-90 B+=89-88 B=87-80 C+=79-78 C=77-70 D+=69-68 D=67-60 E=59 and below.

Class Schedule (all reading assignments are to be completed for the following week):
 

Unit One: Livy and Augustus

Week#1 (January 8)
Lecture: "Romulus and the Origins of Rome"
Assignment: Livy 1-165
Lecture Guides: A History of Violence
Gladiators
First Reading Guide for Livy

Week #2  (January 15)
Lecture: "A Violent End: Portraits of Roman Heroes"
Assignment: Livy 166-265,  TWTR pp. 1-42
Lecture Guides: From Monarchy to Republic
Gladiator Graffiti
UF Summer in Rome Program
Second Reading Guide for Livy


Week #3  (January 22)
Lecture: "The Kings of Rome and Heroes of the Republic"
Lecture Guides The Seven Kings of Rome
The Republic
Assignment: Livy 269-402
Third Reading Guide for Livy

Week #4  (January 29)
Lecture: "The Later Republic"
Lecture Guides: The Republic, Part II
Livy

Assignment: Vergil I-VI
Outline of Vergil's Aeneid
Vergil's Aeneid with Explanatory Notes

Week #5  (February 5)
Unit Exam#1
Review Sheet for Exam I
How to write an essay exam

Week#6  (February 12)
Lecture: "The Gods and Epic"
Powerpoints: The Altar of Augustan Peace  The Aeneid, Part I, The Aeneid, Part II
Assignment: Vergil VII-XII
Click here for some study questions for Vergil's Aeneid

Unit Two: Roman History in Its Cultural Context

Week#7 (February 19)
Lecture: "The End of the Aeneid"  The Aeneid, Part III
Assigment: Tacitus Chapters 1-6
Study Questions for Tacitus

Week#8 (February 26)
Lecture: "An Empire Reclaimed" 
Powerpoint: Tacitus
Assignment: Tacitus Chapters 7-8, TWTR pp. 43-106
Review for Exam II

Week#9 (March 4)
Unit Exam#2

Unit Three: Tacitus and Petronius

March 11: Spring Break

Week#11 (March 18)
Lecture: "Barbarian Nobles and Corrupt Romans"
Powerpoints: Tiberius and Caligula
Assignment: Tacitus Chapters 9-11; TWTR pp. 107-160
Study Questions for Tacitus

Week#12 (March 25)
Lecture: "Claudius & Nero"
Powerpoints: Nero and Claudius   Nero's Domus Aurea
Assignment: Tacitus 12-16, TWTR pp. 161-215
The Fall of Agrippina


Week#13 (April 1)
Lecture: "Violence and Comedy in the Roman World"
Powerpoints: Petronius Pompeii
Assignment: Petronius pp. 1-109 Study Guide for Petronius
Nero's Alien Party

Week#14 (April 8)
Lecture: "The Art of Combat and Roman Satire"
Powerpoint: The Satyricon After Trimalchio
The Colosseum   Gladiators
Assignment: Petronius pp. 110-165

Week#14 (April 15)
Powerpoint: Gladiator: The Movie
Gladiator
Review Sheet for Exam III

Week #15 (April 22)
Unit Exam #3
 
 

Class Etiquette:


ADA Requirements:
If you have any disability or special concern, it is your responsibility to notify me at the start of the semester so that your needs may be accommodated.  You
will also need to give me a letter from the Dean of Students Office indicating that you need academic accommodations.

Honor Code:
The following pledge is either required or implied on all work submitted for credit by University of Florida students: "On my honor, I have neither given nor
received unauthorized aid in doing this assignment." For a full statement of UF's Academic Honor Code see either the Undergraduate Catalog or the web site.

About the Instructor:
Jennifer A. Rea is an Assistant Professor of Classics at UF.  She received her Ph.D. in Classical Philology from the University of Wisconsin and her M.A. from Indiana University.  Her areas of specialty are Augustan Age Literature and Roman Topography.