In this course, we will be examining the public and private lives of the ancient Greeks and Romans, with a special focus on status, class, and gender. The diversity of human experience in the ancient world will be explored through the following topics: Greek and Roman social organization (men, women, children, the elderly, slaves, and freed slaves); housing; dress; food and drink; sex and sexuality; health and sickness; death and beliefs in the afterlife; religion and magic; theatres and festivals; politics; law; economics; travel; warfare; art and architecture; athletics and spectator sports; etc. No prerequisites.
Grading for this class will be based on a midterm exam, a final exam, and quizzes/discussion in quiz sections. The midterm and final exam will consist of short essays.
Required course texts:
Aldrete, G.S. (2004) Daily Life in the Roman City: Rome, Pompeii, and Ostia. Westport, CT. ($24.95)
Garland, R. (2014) Daily Life of the Ancient Greeks. 2nd ed. Indianapolis. ($17.00)