Classical Studies | Roman Lit in Translation
C360 | ALL | C Bannon


C360
The citizen-soldier was a prominent paradigm in Roman society. In
literary accounts of war, Roman writers work out their ideas about
heroism and community, ethics and politics. This section of Roman
literature in translation will focus on the literature of war,
through a study of the works Caesar, Sallust, Livy, and Vergil. We
will consider the following questions:  What did Romans expect in a
war narrative?  What literary conventions shaped their accounts of
battles?  How did accounts in prose differ from those in poetry? eye-
witness accounts compared to historical narratives? What did the
Romans learn from the literature of war?  And what can we learn from
Roman accounts about how to read war reporting in modern sources?