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Fall 2020 Classical Civilization UN3008 section 001
The Age of Augustus

Call Number 13941
Day & Time
TR 8:40am-9:55am
Points 3
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructor Alan Ross
Method of Instruction On-Line Only
Course Description The reign of the first Roman emperor, Augustus (27bce-14ce), has been seen as a Roman revolution, both political and cultural. Rome had for centuries been governed as a Republic, but a series of increasingly divisive civil wars allowed Augustus to create a new political system in which he exercised sole rule as the ‘first citizen’ within a ‘Restored Republic’. Augustus’ reign lasted more than 40 years, and established a model of autocratic rule that would last for four centuries. During this time there were profound changes in the political, social, and cultural structures of Rome. In this course, you will examine the nature of these changes, Augustus’ political strategies, military activities, and religious initiatives through his own writing, the accounts of (often hostile) historians and a range of literary and archaeological sources, including Roman poetry. Ultimately, we will address the question: how did Augustus achieve the seemingly paradoxical feat of becoming a monarch within a republican system?
Web Site Vergil
Department Classics
Enrollment 14 students (25 max) as of 5:05PM Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Subject Classical Civilization
Number UN3008
Section 001
Division Interfaculty
Open To Barnard College, Columbia College, Engineering:Undergraduate, General Studies, Professional Studies
Campus Morningside
Section key 20203CLCV3008W001

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