Latin 565

A Spectacle of Itself:
The Display of Roman Identity in Text and Art

University of Washington Rome Center, Palazzo Pio Campus
Spring Quarter 2002
S. C. Stroup

Course Description:

The 2002 Latin Seminar in Rome will be, A Spectacle of Itself: the Display of Roman Identity in Text and Art.  This seminar will investigate the ways in which the literary displays of ancient Rome (theatrical, oratorical, convivial, triumphal and ludic) helped forge—and were forged by—the Roman literary expressions of civic and self-identity.  Although primarily a literary (and text-based) seminar, our interests will include the spatial construction of cultural identity as well as the definitively physical role played by the urbs  in the construction of a Roman sense of self, and so this seminar will find natural kinship with the concurrently taught topography seminar, Latin 465.  Latin readings will be organized thematically, and include short selections from e.g. Plautus (theatrical display), Cicero and Quintilian (oratorical display), Catullus and Petronius (convivial display), and Livy, Ovid, and Plutarch (triumphal and, in the case of Ovid, ludic display).  Secondary readings will include excerpts from recent works on Roman performance, display, and identity as well as some consideration of relevant theoretical approach.

Course Information:


Primary Readings Course Packet (including text and translations of our primary Latin texts; see above)

Secondary Readings Course Packet, including articles and relevent book chapters from: