HISTORY 402 - Problems in Roman History
Winter 2022, Section 001 - Growing up in the Roman World
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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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. It’s also exciting and full of shifting possibilities. 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 birth, infancy, 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:

Participation in discussion, short presentations, research & writing assignments (no exams)

Intended Audience:

Juniors and Seniors; some prior history training and/or experience with Greek or Roman history would be helpful but is not necessary for success; early stage graduate students who are interested should be in touch with the instructor.

Class Format:

Two 80-minute sessions weekly


HISTORY 402 - Problems in Roman History
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001 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM

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