Collins Living-Learning Center | Barbarians in Greece and Rome
L210 | 7647 | Jonathan Chicken


The figure of the "Barbarian" features prominently in the literature of both the
Greeks and the Romans; in this class, we will analyze just how that figure is
portrayed, and why, from the age of Homer and Herodotus up to Tacitus and
Caesar.  We will examine concepts of how the "other" is portrayed, creating
an identity for "them," and at the same time, for "us."  We will examine such
concepts as ethnicity, gender, class, social roles, and look at the figures of
several key barbarian "types"--the madman, the noble savage, the
seductress, the wise man, the tyrant, and the victim.