CLAS 341 Fall 2014 Envisioning Empire: Geography in the Graeco-Roman World (D)

Cross Listed as ARTH239, HIST341
During the first century BCE, successive civil wars divided the Roman Empire along ethnic, geographical and partisan lines. Octavian's victory at battle of Actium in 31 BCE officially brought an end to the Roman civil wars, but it did not in itself unify the empire. Out of this matrix of social fragmentation and uncertainty arose the geographical texts of the Augustan age. The genre of universal geography provided a convenient means to reconfigure identity boundaries in post-Actium world. By delineating stable borders between the peoples and provinces, geographical texts (whether written, sculptural or pictorial) literally mapped out identity boundaries and power relationships to create a new, unified image of the Roman Empire. This course examines the political and cosmological of implications geographical sources produced under the Roman Empire, including the Res Gestae of Augustus, Strabo's Geography and Tacitus' Germania. We will also look at maps and other visual representations of the Roman world, such as the personification groups depicted on the Roman imperial cult temples at Aphrodisias and Pisidian Antioch. Discussion will focus on such issues as the relationship between geography and ethnography and the differences between modern cartography and the geographical mapping techniques used in the ancient world.
Class Format: seminar/lecture/discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on classroom performance; a midterm and one 12-15 page paper
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: majors or prospective majors in Classics, Anthropology, and History
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Distribution Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under CLAS or ARTH; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under HIST
Divisional Attributes: Division I,Exploring Diversity
Other Attributes: HIST Group C Electives - Europe and Russia,HIST Group G Electives - Premodern
Enrollment Limit: 25
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Class Number: 1877
CLAS 341 - 01 (F) SEM Geography in Graeco-Roman Wrld (D) Division 1: Languages and the ArtsExploring Diversity Initiative Benjamin B. Rubin
TF 1:10 PM-2:25 PM Schapiro Hall 141 1877
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