Classics 101D. Rome in the Popular Imagination (4 units)

imageClassics 101D. Rome in the Popular Imagination (4 units)
David Driscoll

TR 12:10-1:30P
163 Olson Hall
CRN 91842

Course Description: This course considers the uses to which the idea of Rome and Roman rule has been put from antiquity to the present in the popular imagination. Particular attention will be paid to how ancient outsiders responded to Rome, and how Rome has been considered in 20th and 21st century popular media, particularly science fiction. Readings will include Polybius, Lucian, Isaac Asimov, Suzanne Collins, and Ann Leckie.

May be repeated for credit up to two times when topic differs.

Prerequisite: A lower division Classics course or consent of instructor (

GE credit (New): Arts & Humanities, World Cultures, and Writing Experience.

Format: Lecture/Discussion - 3 hours; Term Paper.