Narrating the Past in Latin Literature

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Narrating the Past in Latin Literature


Stories about origins—of the universe, of communities, of heroic deeds or personal journeys—narrate the past to justify and explain the present and control the future. We study how Roman and post-Roman authors narrated the past to both make sense of and shape their world. Readings may include texts such as Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Lucretius’ De Rerum Natura, Suetonius’ Lives of the Caesars, Apuleius’ Golden Ass, Jordanes’ History of the Goths, or Braulio of Zaragoza’s Life of Aemilian. Prerequisite: Students should have a working knowledge of Latin and should select either intermediate 204 or advanced 304, depending on their skills.

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