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An examination of Roman slavery from a literary and cultural-historical perspective.
In this course we will investigate the presence of slaves in Latin literature, their contribution to it as a practice and the role they played in the Roman imagination. Classes will be a combination of lectures, discussions, and seminar presentations. The lecturer will provide students with the general framework for thinking about specific issues and with questions to guide them through the readings. Students will read primary and secondary texts in order to make a useful contribution to the discussion in all classes. Lectures and readings will consider:• the literary purposes that slaves served, the light that they shed on the practice and the imagining of slavery in ancient Rome, and how they functioned as tools for negotiating other issues. • Primary texts will be drawn from a variety of genres, including satire, lyric poetry, comedy, philosophy, the novel, and the fable.• A variety of critical approaches towards slavery and literature
Students who are successful in this course will:become familiar with a variety of Latin literary works drawn from a range of genres;be exposed to diverse critical approaches while keeping a special focus on Latin literature and Roman slavery; learn to discuss and assess scholarly arguments by testing them on primary sources both orally and in written form.Write an argument in proper form and to support it through citation and discussion of primary and secondary sources
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Any 30 points at 200 level from CLAS, orany 60 points at 200 level from the Schedule V of the BA.
Classes will be held at the City Campus in the Arts Centre, 3 Hereford Street.
Please check the course LEARN page for further details and updates.
The Golden Ass
Penguin Classics, 2011.
Domestic fee $1,570.00
International fee $7,000.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
For further information see
Humanities and Creative Arts