Spring quarter 2010
Classics 80B: Roman Civilization
Prof. Robert Morstein-Marx
An introduction to Roman culture by means of an encounter with some of its most famous historical
figures, legends, ideas and texts. Areas of focus include: the foundation of Rome; legends of past virtue and
the “myth” of decline and fall; Cicero and the power of speech; Julius Caesar, politician and general;
Roman Stoicism, Seneca and Nero; Rome and the Barbarian.
The ON-LINE version of the syllabus
, which also contains links for further exploration, should be
checked frequently for fully up-dated information about the schedule of readings and lectures, as well as to
receive any informational handouts (e.g., about exam format) that may be distributed in the course of the
may be found at http://www.classics.ucsb.edu/courses/spring10s.doc
My office hours in HSSB 4052
Mondays and Thursdays 1:30-2:30
. If those times are impossible
or extremely inconvenient for you I can meet with you at another time
on exams, please talk to the TA first (Carey Fidler, HSSB 4060, hours TBA). For ordinary
communication e-mail is fine (firstname.lastname@example.org) but
for anything time-sensitive or requiring my
, such as a makeup exam, make sure that you speak to in “real time” either in person or by phone
(message @ 893-3556).
One mid-term and one final examination. The mid-term will count for
1/3 or ½ of
your final grade—whichever is more beneficial to you; your grade on the final exam will constitute the rest.
If you need help accommodating a disability, please make arrangements through the DSP
and inform me of any special accommodations you will need at least a week
before each exam.
(I have to make the final arrangements and cannot guarantee that they will work out if
you leave them to the last minute.)
books required for this class
trans. D. H. Berry (Oxford World’s Classics, 2000).
The Rise of Rome,
translated by T. J. Luce (Oxford World’s Classics, 1998).
Lives of the Caesars,
trans. C. Edwards (Oxford World’s Classics, 2000).
trans. A. R. Birley (Oxford World’s Classics, 1999).
NOTE: There are also Penguin translations of all the above books, which you may find for a low price in