Lives of Famous Romans
CLAS 130-03/HIST 130-03
Second ½ Semester, Spring 2017
12:30-1:45 Tuesday, Thursday
Instructor: Dr. Kyle Jazwa
Office: Hewes Library, Room 11A
Office Hours: 1:45-3:00 Thursday, and by appointment

In this course, we will follow in the Roman biographical tradition and examine the lives of famous Romans. As a primary focus, we will examine the traits and personal qualities that the Romans found admirable in their leaders and political figures. We will also consider the biography genre and diachronic literary trends for describing the lives of Romans over time.

Course Objectives
1. Gain knowledge of Roman history and prominent Romans.
2. Understand the moral and personal qualities that were valued by the Romans.
3. Learn about the biography genre and literature in the ancient world
Plutarch, 2001. Plutarch’s Lives, Volume 1 (Modern Library Classics). Modern Library.
ISBN 978-0375756754
Plutarch, 2001. Plutarch’s Lives, Volume 2 (Modern Library Classics). Modern Library
ISBN 978-0375756771
Res Gestae
April 27
Weekly Quizzes

All students are required to attend class lectures. Each student is permitted one unexcused absence during the half semester course. All subsequent absences will result in a 2% reduction to the course grade. In order to receive full credit for the participation grade, however, students must come prepared to class and contribute
to the lectures by asking/answering relevant questions and participating in any in-class activities.
Each student will give a 10-minute presentation on one of the readings (including the “optional” readings) and the life of the relevant historical figure. Please include a Powerpoint presentation and promote a class dialogue with at least one discussion question. You must submit your reading preferences by March 21. The presentations will occur on the day for which the optional reading is assigned. You may include media or some other activity with your presentation, but these should not occupy all of the allotted 10 minutes of speaking time.
Project, Res Gestae
You will write your own Res Gestae, i.e. a monumental document of your life and its accomplishments. This can take the form of a written inscription or a material object (e.g. triumphal arch). Think about how the medium of construction relates to your achievements and personal qualities.
Weekly Quizzes (6 total)
Each Thursday (beginning March 23), there will be a short 15 minute quiz that tests your reading comprehension of the required texts (not the optional readings).
Extra Credit
Students have several opportunities to receive extra credit during the semester, each of which will result in 1% point added to his/her final grade. These opportunities include attendance at AIA Lectures. After attending a lecture, please submit a one-page summary to Dr. Jazwa for full credit.
March 22 (7:30, Pattee Auditorium): A. Koh, “Sweet and Spicy Libations: The Earliest Known Wine Cellar from the Middle Bronze Age Palace at Tel Kabri?”
April 3 (7:30, Pattee Auditorium): K. Lorenzo, “Sacrifices to Spectacles: Intangible Expressions of Naval Victory and their Importance.”
April 27 (7:30, Pattee Auditorium): “Monmouth College Archaeology Research Laboratory: Annual Report.”

Class Rules
Please maintain respect for the instructor and your fellow classmates. I require all students not to interrupt the class, never use cell phones (even silently!), avoid leaving class early or entering late (unless with permission from the instructor), and pay attention during lectures.

Course Engagement Expectations
This course meets twice a week for one hour and fifteen minutes. Students are also expected to spend two and a half hours per class on reading assignments and two and a half hours for
studying/writing/other out of class preparation and assignments. In all, students are expected to devote ten hours per week to the “Lives of Famous Romans” course.

P1 = Plutarch, Volume 1
P2 = Plutarch, Volume 2
O = Online Copy
March 14 (T) Introduction
March 16 (R) Early Rome: Aeneas, Dido, and Romulus, Rhea Silvia
P1: “Romulus”
March 21 (T) Kingship and Early Republic: Tarquinius Superbus, Poplicola
O: Selections from Livy (1.48-1.59)
P1: “Poplicola”
March 23 (R) Republic: Coriolanus, Camillus and Cincinnatus
P1: “Camillus”
O: Livy 3.26-2.9
Optional: “Coriolanus”
March 28 (T) Second Punic War: Marcellus, Fabius and Scipio Africanus
P1: “Marcellus”
O: Selections from Livy books xxvi-xxix
March 30 (R) Aemilius Paulus and Cato
P1: “Cato”
Optional: “Aemilius Paulus”
April 4 (T) Prelude to the End of the Republic: Marius and Sulla
P1: “Marius”
Optional: “Sulla”
April 6 (R) First Triumvirate: Crassus and Pompey
P2: Pompey
Optional: “Crassus”
April 11 (T) Gaius Iulius Caesar
P1: “Julius Caesar”
April 13 (R) Augustus, Livia
O: Res Gestae
O: “Augustus,” Suetonius
April 18 (T) Julio-Claudians: Claudius and Nero
O: “Nero,” Suetonius
Optional: “Apocolocyntosis Claudii,” Seneca
April 20 (R) Vespasian and Hadrian
O: “Life of Hadrian,” Historia Augusta
Optional: “Vespasian,” Suetonius
April 25 (T) Septimius Severus and Caracalla
O: “The Life of Septimius Severus,” Historia Augusta
Optional: Selections from Book 78, Cassius Dio
April 27 (R) Tetrarchs: Diocletian and Constantine, Helen
**Res Gestae Project Due***
O: “Epitome de Caesaribus,” Aurelius Victor
Optional: “Life of the Blessed Emperor Constantine,” Eusebius
May 2 (T) Christian Biography
O: Gospel of Mark
Optional: “Life of Macrina,” Gregory of Nyssa

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