Lecture 15:Rome: Cultural Achievements

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(Duiker 134-142; Brians 95-103)

Questions about Duiker: What is the subject of Virgil's Aeneid? *Choose one of Ovid's recommendations from The Art of Love and give your opinion of it. What quality characterized Roman portrait sculpture? *What were the main kinds of building projects that Roman engineering made possible (not architectural forms they used, like arches and vaults, but actual projects)? What criticisms did Cato the Elder make of women? What sorts of freedoms did upper-class Roman women have in the Early Empire? Describe Roman masters' relationships with their slaves. Briefly describe the gladiatorial shows.

Questions about Ovid, Propertius, and Juvenal: *What are some of the moments in the story of Daedalus and Icarus that convey emotions? *What evidence is there that Propertius means us to be sympathetic or unsympathetic with Cynthia? What are the main characteristics of life in the city that the speaker objects to in Juvenal's Satire on the City of Rome? *What aspects of life in ancient Rome did you learn about from reading this poem?

Lecture Topics
Literature
Ovid
Propertius
Juvenal
Sculpture
Other Art
Rome's Fall