Roman Social History: Slaves, Gladiators, Prostitutes

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Roman Social History: Slaves, Gladiators, Prostitutes

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    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.

    Learning Outcomes
    An in-depth knowledge of the ancient sources that relate to the lower classes in ancient Roman society

    R. Knapp Invisible Romans (Harvard UP, 2011)
    Course Reader: Greek and Roman Primary Sources

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