21H.402 The Making of a Roman Emperor

Fall 2005

Rome. Palace of the Caesars.

Rome. Palace of the Caesars. (Image courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division [reproduction number, LC-USZ62-104886 (b&w film copy neg.)])

Course Highlights

This course features descriptions of course writing assignments.

Course Description

Focusing on the emperors Augustus and Nero, this course investigates the ways in which Roman emperors used art, architecture, coinage and other media to create and project an image of themselves, the ways in which the surviving literary sources from the Roman period reinforced or subverted that image, and the ways in which both phenomena have contributed to post-classical perceptions of Roman emperors. Material studied will include the art, architecture, and coinage of Augustan and Neronian Rome, the works of Suetonius and Tacitus, and modern representations of the emperors such as those found in I, Claudius and Quo Vadis.

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.

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Prof. William Broadhead

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session