Lecture 10_1 - Lecture 10 Ancient Roman History 1 Origins...

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Lecture 10 3/4/08 Ancient Roman History 1. Origins Founding of Rome 753 B.C. (conventional date) 2. Republic Founding of Republic 509 B.C. (according to Varro) 3. Empire Octavian’s victory over Antony and Cleopatra at Actium (31 B.C.) Octavian assumes title of Augustus Caesar 4. Christianity and the Empire Constantine Founding of Constantinople (330 A.D.) Beginning of Medieval period 5. Eastern vs. Western Empires Late Empire Collapse of western Roman empire (476 A.D.) Justinian (r. 527-65) and reacquisition of western empire 6. Byzantium – until 1453 A.D. Other Epics The battle between Ajax and Achilles is more emphasized in other epics than it is in Homeric epics Latin literary treatments of Odysseus are generally more negative than Greek ones. Greek Epic cycles mostly fall into Thebon (Thebes) and Trojan cycles (stories oriented within similar storylines) . Post-cyclic Greek epics can be divided into two main categories: Mythological epics
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