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LAT 401 Silver Latin (3 credits)

The class will engage in daily translation, discussion, literary and metrical analysis of selections from Silver Age authors Juvenal (Satires), Martial (Epigrams), Petronius (Satyricon), and Apuleius (Metamorphoses). We will explore the following topics: literary patronage; the social and financial status of poets; the identity of the poet’s friends and patrons; questions of historical accuracy in depicting elements of everyday life in imperial Rome; the social divide between rich and poor; the generic conventions of satire, epigram, and novel; the use of allegory in Latin poetry; Platonic philosophy, myth, and religion as reflected in Roman novel. Fulfills the Art/Literature requirement of the GER/GEP.