HISTORY 402 - Problems in Roman History
Section: 001 Growing up in the Roman World
Term: FA 2018
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Growing up is hard. It involves internalizing – or subverting – customs and social expectations, assuming responsibilities, and exposing oneself to new types of danger. This course explores the process of growing up by taking a close look at how people living under the Roman empire saw and experienced the milestones of birth, childhood, adolescence, and the transition to becoming an adult.

Each week will focus on a different aspect of human maturation, moving chronologically through successive stages of growth. We will begin with Greco-Roman theories of conception, followed by topics such as fetal development, childbirth, breast-feeding and wet-nursing, infant/child death and commemoration, toys and play, education, puberty, marriage, sex, and reproductive labor. We will study a wide range of ancient texts (in translation), artifacts, and works of contemporary scholarship, asking questions such as: when did Romans believe human life began? How did women protect themselves from the dangers of childbirth? Was there such a thing as ‘childhood’ in Roman culture?

Course Requirements:

Completing the readings and coming prepared for discussion is key. Each student will do one in-class presentation on the readings. Undergraduates will complete a midterm essay exam and a final paper on a primary source. Graduate students will be required to write a research paper.

Intended Audience:

Upper-level undergraduates; early-stage graduate students also welcome. Some familiarity with Roman and/or Greek history is preferable.

Class Format:

Two 90-minute sessions weekly.

HISTORY 402 - Problems in Roman History
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001 (LEC)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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ISBN: 0801843200
Soranus' gynecology, Author: translated with an introduction by Owsei Temkin ; with the assistance of Nicholson J. Eastman, Ludwig Edelstein, and Alan F. Guttmacher., Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press Softshell 1991
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