330-205-VA, Topics in Ancient Roman History
Who got it right, Asterix the Gaul or Hollywood with Spartacus and Gladiator? The Romans have long inspired imitations. Why were these people so great? Was it their talent for war? The genius of Julius Caesar? Their love of violence in the gladiator arenas? It's said that all roads lead to Rome and at one time Rome ran almost all of Europe with an empire lasting many times longer than that of the United States. And then, it fell into ruin. Why? This course will show students the glory and flaws of these fascinating people and it will examine their impact then and now. Understanding Rome helps us understand our own problems today.