In this course, we will explore the ways in which the Romans thought about sex and gender. In particular, we will look at how they conceived of and represented women, along with the issues that women in ancient Rome faced. This is a tricky task, given the fact that most (if not all) of our primary sources from the time were written by men. But a close reading of primary sources from comedy, tragedy, epic, love poetry, history, and even inscriptions will allow us to get a sense of what it meant to be a woman in Rome. Our exploration of Roman femininity and womanhood will also allow us to evaluate the concept of Roman masculinity and manhood. By studying the Roman understanding of gender and gender roles, we will be able to look with a more analytical eye at the legacy that this understanding has left to us.
Students in this course will be expected to write a 6-10 page paper (size 12 font, double-spaced, 1-inch margins), on the topic of their choice. This paper should present an argument and integrate both primary sources, and secondary scholarship. The deadlines for the paper are as follows (all turned in via D2L by 11:59PM MT):
October 24th: Proposed topic
November 2nd: Thesis and bibliography (at least 2 primary sources and 3 secondary sources) –
November 16th: Rough draft (at least 4 pages)
December 14th: Final Draft
The library instruction session, taught by Megan Welsh, Classics Librarian, will help you to find resources to be used for your assignment. The session will also help you to be more comfortable finding and using the Libraries' resources and asking for help.