CLCIV 372 - Sports and Daily Life in Ancient Rome
Section: 101
Term: SP 2009
Subject: Classical Civilization (CLCIV)
Department: LSA Classical Studies
Requirements & Distribution:
May not be repeated for credit.
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The amphitheater full of gladiators, the circus full of chariots (with or without Charleton Heston) are among the most abiding images of Roman, and perhaps, any western culture. The Olympic games were as much a Roman institution as they were Greek — indeed the Roman empire was the first great age of public entertainment. But what did it all mean? How is entertainment related to the interests of society as a whole? These are two of the questions that we will explore through a discussion of the place of Roman entertainment in Roman society. We will start by looking at the broad structures of Roman life, and then move through the diverse entertainments of the Romans from athletic events to the theater, from chariot racing to public execution, beast hunts, and gladiators. Readings include selections from ancient authors and from recent scholarship.

Textbooks are available at Shaman Drum, the Course packs (one of sources, one of modern readings) from Accu-Copy. The final grade will be the two hour exams, quizzes in section, homework assignments, and section participation.

CLCIV 372 - Sports and Daily Life in Ancient Rome
Schedule Listing
101 (LEC)
TuWTh 11:00AM - 12:30PM
Note: 1 1/2 hours to be arranged
102 (DIS)
Tu 2:00PM - 3:00PM
Th 10:00AM - 11:00AM
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ISBN: 9780500287866
Ancient Rome., Publisher: Thames & Hudson 2009
ISBN: 9780472085682
Life, death, and entertainment in the Roman Empire, Author: D. S. Potter and D. J. Mattingly., Publisher: Univ. of Michigan Press 1999
ISBN: 9780253211576
Anthology of ancient Greek popular literature, Author: edited by William Hansen., Publisher: Indiana University Press 1998
ISBN: 9780300115291
Ancient Greek athletics, Author: Stephen G. Miller., Publisher: Yale University Press 2006
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