Living in the Roman World: Society and Culture (CLA3257)

30 credits

This course will explore the experience of living in the Roman world, for ordinary people as well as the wealthy elite, from the late Republic to the second century CE, focusing on Italy and the western provinces. It will consider the conditions of everyday life, including diet, health, housing and family; the organisation of the economy and the evidence for any improvement in living standards under the Roman Empire; and the structure of society, the different social groups and the relationships between them, and the question of how Romans thought about themselves and other people. Students will learn how to analyse and interpret a wide variety of ancient material, including archaeology and inscriptions as well as many different kinds of literary evidence.