CLCIV 473 - Roman Decadence
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Classical Civilization (CLCIV)
Department: LSA Classical Studies
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What led to Rome’s fall? In the popular imagination, Rome’s fall is usually associated with its ever-increasing decadence and debauchery: lavish feasts, wild orgies, blood sports and lawlessness. In this class we’ll look at ancient accounts of Roman decadence as well as its depiction in later Western society by, among others, Gibbon and Hollywood. How much is the talk of decline a matter of fears and projected anxieties? How much of it is real? Just what is “decline”? Talk of decline and immorality is part of our political discourse, too: how does it function there?

Course Requirements:

Midterm, final, two papers

Intended Audience:

Intended for majors and those with prior background in ancient Rome.

Class Format:

Two meetings per week.

CLCIV 473 - Roman Decadence
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001 (LEC)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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ISBN: 9780140448054
The Satyricon, Author: Petronius ; translated by J.P. Sullivan ; introduced by Helen Morales., Publisher: Penguin Rev. ed. 2011
ISBN: 9780140440720
The twelve Caesars, Author: Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus ; translated by Robert Graves ; revised with an introduction by Michael Grant., Publisher: Penguin Books Rev. ed. w 1989
ISBN: 9781585100095
Roman sports and spectacles : a sourcebook, Author: Anne Mahoney, Publisher: Focus 2001
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