Everyday Life in the Roman and Medieval Worlds

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Everyday Life in the Roman and Medieval Worlds


While the traditional Latin literary canon centers on elite perspectives and literary genres, many texts were dedicated to everyday concerns. By reading Roman and post-Roman sources critically we construct an image of the everyday lives of people across a range of social classes in the ancient and medieval worlds. Readings may include texts by authors such as Cicero, Columella, Pliny the Younger and Elder, alongside funerary inscriptions, tenancy agreements, and legal texts. Prerequisite: Students should have a working knowledge of Latin and should select either the intermediate 202 or advanced 203, depending on their skills.

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