The Classical Tradition of the Romans

SS100
Spring 21

This course provides a survey of Latin literature through Chinese and English translations for those who have some interests in Roman history and literature. The works to be studied include some of the earliest extant ones of the republican period down to those of the mid-empire: our authors span a period of over 300 years. We will read from a variety of genres, including comedy and tragedy, epic, lyric and elegiac poetry, satire, historiography, philosophy, the novel and literary letters. The study of this literature provides a dynamic point of entry into the rich and diverse cultural world of the ancient Romans. The Roman empire was an extraordinarily complex experiment in multiethnic and polylingual exchange, and their cultural legacy tremendously shapes what we call “Western Learning”. Latin literature is also critical to appreciation of subsequent European literatures and cultures that received it.

Duluo NIE

Duluo NIE

Duluo Nie received his PhD from the
Department of Comparative Literature
at the University of California, Riverside.