In this course, the class will examine how the image of the Roman emperor was and is constructed. We will be investigating questions of source material reliability, genre, and the use and power of rhetoric in history. Through an examination of Rome’s rulers, from Julius Caesar to Emperor Domitian, using the ancient written source material (in translation), we will discover the ways in which we, no less than the ancients, forged images of the emperors.
Hybrid Course Format
- All classes will be delivered in-person and online via live video streaming. Students will enroll in their preferred format during registration.
- In-person classes will be held in the Rubel Room at the University of Arizona's Poetry Center (1508 E Helen St, Tucson, AZ 85721). Enrollment for in-person classes is limited by classroom capacity and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. All students attending on-campus will observe the relevant University of Arizona policies designed to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 (more information here). Students who enroll to participate in person will also have complete online access to the course, including all class recordings.
- Online students may attend all classes via live video streaming and will be able to participate in all course Q&A sessions with the professor in real-time. Students may also access class recordings for a limited time to assist those who may not be able to attend the live class times. Online access will be password protected and only available to enrolled students.
Registration Will Open Online:
Monday, August 29, 2022, at 8 AM (AZ Time)
- Suetonius’ The Caesars, transl. Donna Hurley (Hackett Classics, 2011) ISBN: 978-1603843133
- All other required texts will be distributed to students electronically.
- Tacitus’ Annals, transl. Cynthia Damon (Penguin Classics, 2013) ISBN: 978-014045564
- Tacitus’ The Histories, transl. Kenneth Wellesley (Penguin Classics, 2009) ISBN:978-0140449648