Classics 326: Women in Greek and Roman Antiquity
Course goals: In this course we shall read and discuss ancient sources on religion, philosophy, medicine, literature, and law along with modern scholarly analyses of ancient society to explore the roles of women in ancient Greek and Roman society. Readings are chosen and discussions are structured with the aim of developing three types of awareness:
historical awareness --knowledge of basic historical realities of women and of family life, limitations and biases of surviving evidence, how different Greece and Rome are from each other, and from now; a sense of how political institutions can intervene in family relations
critical awareness -- an understanding of the history of changing interpretations of the ancient world -- how what people see in ancient Greece or Rome can also articulate what they value in their own cultures
self-awareness -- a sensitivity to the forces (laws, customs, stereotypes, images and more) shaping our own social relations.
course participation and completion of short writing assignments 30%
Final Exam 30%
Required text: Women’s Life in Greece and Rome: A Sourcebook in Translation (Lefkowitz and Fant) fourth edition. Other readings will be made available on Canvas.
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