A study of ancient Roman social life, with particular emphasis on the marginalised (or so-called ’invisible’) lower classes, including slaves, gladiators, prostitutes and bandits.
The vast and enduring empire of Rome was built upon the backs of men and women whose names never made it into the history books. This paper studies the lives of the marginalised (or so-called 'invisible') lower classes in ancient Rome, including slaves, gladiators, prostitutes and bandits. In doing so, it reveals a society that was often brutal and violent and based upon values very different from our own.
|Paper title||Roman Social History: Slaves, Gladiators, Prostitutes|
|Teaching period||Semester 1 (On campus)|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$929.55|
|International Tuition Fees||Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.|
- CLAS 224
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music
- More information link
View more information on the Classics Programme website
- Teaching staff
- Lecturer: Professor Jon Hall
- Paper Structure
- Internal Assessment 50%
- R. Knapp Invisible Romans (Harvard UP, 2011)
Course Reader: Greek and Roman Primary Sources
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Communication, Critical thinking, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
- Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete this paper will have
- An understanding of ancient Roman society with particular reference to the lower classes including slaves and gladiators
- The ability to analyse critically the historical sources available on Roman society
- An appreciation of the ethical implications of Roman social attitudes and values and how they differ from those of modern New Zealand
- The skills of effective written communication