Look at Latin literature and Roman culture and its influence on the literature, film and theatre of our times. We will examine how Roman culture has affected our world, with special reference to literature that has influenced movies and plays. Specific Roman texts and plays with a direct parallel in the modern world will be considered. After reading and analyzing the original Roman texts (in translation), we will watch or read the modern interpretations of similar themes and compare, contrast, and discuss.
Week 1: Introduction to Roman culture, literature and theatre and its influence on Western literature: Shakespeare; Dante; Milton; Brecht etc.
Week 2: Plautus: Pseudolus, Miles Gloriosa and Mostellaria
Week 3: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Up Pompeii!
Week 4: Roman history and culture: Republic – Plutarch, Appian & Spartacus. Emperors – Julio-Claudians 1: Suetonius, Tacitus and Augustus; Suetonius, Tacitus, Seneca and Claudius.
Week 5: Spartacus, Rome, I, Claudius
Week 6: Roman history and culture: Emperors – Julio-Claudians 2: Suetonius, Tacitus and; Suetonius, Tacitus and Nero
Week 7: Caligula, Quo Vadis
Week 8: Roman history and culture: Later Empire – 5th century
Week 9: Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, The Last Legion, King Arthur
Week 10: Conclusions.