HUM 210

Power and Culture in Periclean Athens and Augustan Rome

This interdisciplinary humanities course offers students an insight into the culture, politics, and social structure of the ancient Greek and Roman city. This course emphasizes Classical Athens and Augustan Rome by examining the connections between the art, history, and literature of each city. Major topics explored include the social and political uses of literature and material culture (art, architecture, and city planning) and the impact of different types of political structures on art and literature. Readings concentrate on texts (in translation) written by Greeks and Romans themselves, supplemented by secondary literature on the art and history of each period.