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LAT 303 Historiography (3 credits)

We will engage in translation, discussion, and literary/historical analysis of selected passages from Livy’s Ab Urbe Condita I. We will consider Livy’s use of sources and his approach to historiography, with particular attention to his stress on the didactic purpose of history. We will also examine how Livy’s own background promoted his concern with the development of the Roman national character and with the importance of moral values as a factor in history. Evaluation will be made of Livy’s designation as an "Augustan" and a "literary" historian. We will also discuss Livy’s treatment of religion and the significant themes of fratricide and the rape of women in Rome’s early political and social development. Fulfills the Art/Literature requirement of the GER/GEP.