Course Description

Course Name

Rome: The City in Text

Session: VRMS3122

Hours & Credits

3 Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level

A level 300 Classics course

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


This upper level Classics course will examine depictions of the city of Rome in classical literature. It will examine the fabric of the city and the idea of Rome as a symbol of civilization. The buildings and public spaces of Rome were the backdrop for performance, spectacle, ceremony and daily and these activities generated meaning and symbolism. For the Romans specific locations were connected to history, myth and collective memory and were protected by the genius loci. Amongst others, the following authors will be studied: Cicero, Livy, Lucan, Ovid, Propertius, Tacitus, Virgil. All texts will be studied in translation.

*Course content subject to change