Course Details

Course offered Winter 2023

HONORS 211 B: Authoritarianism and its Appeal in Ancient Rome

HONORS 211 B: Authoritarianism and its Appeal in Ancient Rome (A&H, W)

SLN 15662 (View UW registration info »)

Michael Ritter (Classics)
Email: mritte@uw.edu

Credits: 5
Limit: 35 students

Honors Credit Type

will be offered Mondays & Wednesdays 9:30-11:20. course will be unlocked once corrected.

The transition from the Republic to the Imperial period in Roman history brought stability and a reprieve from generations of civil wars, but it also signaled a loss of rights. The central question of this course will be what the Romans ultimately gave up for this authoritarian stability and why. Through primary and secondary sources as well as archaeological evidence, we will use this period as a lens to investigate the curtailing of rights such as freedom of speech and democracy. Specifically, we will investigate the following trends and the role they played in the breakdown of the Republican system: 1. Civil War

2. Inequality 

3. Cult of Personality

4. Imperialism