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Spring 2021 Classical Studies UN3030 section 001
Beyond City Limits: Considering the Coun
Countryside in Ancient Ro

Call Number 16168
Day & Time
W 6:10pm-8:00pm
Points 4
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructor Deborah Sokolowski
Method of Instruction On-Line Only
Course Description Through an interdisciplinary study of ancient literary and archaeological evidence, as well as papyri, inscriptions, and artwork housed at Columbia and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, this research-driven seminar considers the cultural, social, and economic histories of rural populations across the empire. Beginning with the foundation of Rome, we will consider how its continued expansion through military conquest led to a crisis in the Italian countryside which helped stoke the flames of civil unrest in the 3rd-2nd centuries BCE. After surveying how the countryside was transformed into a metaphor of peace under the Roman emperors, we will then turn to several of Rome’s provinces (including Egypt, North Africa, and Britain) as case studies for specific issues in rural history. By examining the Roman countryside in this way, we gain a deeper understanding of how its rural inhabitants affected, and were affected by, Roman rule. This course considers how a government, ruling from the decorated buildings of its city centers, used and abused its distant rural territories for economic and political gain, and contemplates the ways in which inhabitants responded and adapted.
Web Site Vergil
Department Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Enrollment 12 students (15 max) as of 5:07PM Sunday, November 28, 2021
Subject Classical Studies
Number UN3030
Section 001
Division Interfaculty
Campus Morningside
Note Considering countryside in the Roman Empire No Prerequisite
Section key 20211CLST3030W001

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