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Spring 2014 Classical Civilization W4190 section 001
PHILOSOPHY IN CLASSICAL ROME

Call Number 13527
Day & Time
Location
TR 1:10pm-2:25pm
609 Hamilton Hall
Points 3
Approvals Required None
Instructor Katharina Volk
Type LECTURE
Course Description This class provides an introduction to philosophical texts and practices of Rome's classical era (1st century BC to 2nd century AD).  Why study Roman philosophy?  While Romans in the early and middle Republic seem to have been satisfied with the moral code inherited from their ancestors (known as the mos maiorum), from the time of Cicero until the high Empire, Roman intellectuals wrestled with the problem of combining these traditional values with the range of philosophical texts and practices they encountered in the contemporary Greek world.  Even though few ancient Romans qualify as original philosophical thinkers, philosophy played an important role in Roman culture, and knowledge of philosophical discourses is thus indispensable to our understanding of Roman society, history, and literature.  Furthermore, owing to the vagaries of textual transmission, the majority of our sources for Hellenistic philosophy (most notably, Epicureanism and Stoicism) happen to be Roman, with the result that this important chapter of the history of philosophy cannot be studied without detailed attention to the Roman material.  And finally, philosophical texts account for some of the most important and attractive works of Latin—and indeed world—literature.  Readings will be in English translation and include works by Lucretius, Cicero, Horace, Seneca, Marcus Aurelius, and others.
Web Site CourseWorks
Department Classics
Enrollment 18 students as of 12:04AM Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Final Exam Day/Time May 13
T 1:10pm-4:00pm
Final Location 609 Hamilton Hall
Subject Classical Civilization
Number W4190
Section 001
Division Interfaculty
Open To Columbia College, Engineering and Applied Science: Undergraduate, General Studies, School of Continuing Education, Global Programs, Graduate School of Arts and Science, School of the Arts, International and Public Affairs, Barnard, Engineering and Applied Science: Graduate
Campus Morningside
Section key 20141CLCV4190W001

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