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Lecture 17 Images
Updated 4/5/2011

Lecture 17: The Flavian dynasty and the 'Good' Emperors; early Christianity in its Roman context


I. The Flavians (A.D. 69-96): Vespasian, Titus, Domitian; Colosseum (= Flavian Amphitheater; vomitoria); Arch of Titus

Caligula's death in Hollywood: Jay Robinson as C. in Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954)

II. New Merit System: The Adoptive Emperors (A.D. 96-180)

A. Nerva (96-98)
B. Trajan (from Spain; 98-117); biggest expansion and biggest forum; alimentary program; Column of Trajan
C. Hadrian (from Spain; 117-138); mix of cultures: Villa at Tivoli; the Bar Khochba rebellion
and the Jewish diaspora; Antinous; Temple of Venus and Roma
D. Antoninus Pius (138-161); the empire on cruise control
E. Marcus Aurelius (161-180); the Stoic philosopher, the Parthian campaign (162-166)
and the Great Plague; his son Commodus, a.k.a. Joaquin Phoenix (A.D. 180-192)

III. Christianity and pagan antiquity:

the general perspective; the pagan/Christian symbiosis:
catacomb paintings, Justin Martyr (2nd cent.A.D.) and the Platonic logos

Please bring Course Packets to class on Thursday; we'll go over pp. 155-161.
TEST #2 will be returned and discussed next Tuesday. Please pick bluebooks up then and there.