AHC 378 • Roman Social History
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
In this class we will survey, in lecture and discussion, several major topics in Roman social and economic history: slavery, education and literacy, family structure and demography, embedded and disembedded economies, relations between city and countryside, and competing social hierarchies. We will be interested in current understandings of the substantive areas listed above, but attention will also be given to historiographical issues. Assignments and Grading: Mid-term paper, a description of the availability and use of inscriptional evidence on a particular issue assigned by the instructor (4pp, 15%). Long paper, an argumentative, research-based paper on a topic selected by the student in consultation with the instructor (12pp, 40%). There will be an opportunity to re-write both papers for an improved grade. Late papers will receive a large grade penalty. Final exam, covering the material treated in lectures and in the readings (45%).
North, Beard, and Price, Religions of Rome (vol. 1) Bradley, Slavery and Society at Rome Dixon, The Roman Family Finley, The Ancient Economy (2nd ed.) Alföldy, Social History of Rome Keppie, Understanding Roman Inscriptions Course reader