As we have seen from recent debates over whether statues of controversial historical figures should stand or topple, culture is a constant collective decision-making process about what we should remember and what we should forget. The cultures of the Roman empire were no different. In the Greek east, authors and monument-makers of the ‘second sophistic’ looked back to culturally defining memories like the Trojan war, the Persian wars, and the high watermark of classical Athens; in the Roman west, equivalent writers and artists looked back to the myths of early Rome and the problematic benchmark of the Late Republic. At the same time, recent pasts could be rubbed out or overwritten at the drop of a hat: when an unpopular emperor died, their trace could be swept away via official memory sanctions decreeing the decapitation of their statues and the erasure of their inscriptions. In this course, you will learn about how and why Greeks and Romans of the imperial period decided to memorialise certain things and suppress others; you will read texts and study monuments, but also learn how the imperial-era ancients conceived of these very technologies as media of memory with different capabilities and characteristics; and you will go deep not only into ‘the past of the past’, but into how that past pictured its future: the confidence of endurance mixed with the fear of oblivion.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- engage critically with the commemorative cultures of the Roman empire, both in the Latin-speaking west and the Greek-speaking east;
- become familiar with and analyse various modes and methods of preservation of memory or the facilitation of forgetting in the Roman empire;
- analyse and evaluate a range of ancient sources related to the preservation of memory or the facilitation of forgetting in the Roman empire;
- formulate logical arguments based on ancient evidence; and
- engage and evaluate scholarly arguments and theories of ancient memory in a critical manner.
- Source Analysis (1000 words) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Seminar Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Seminar Presentation (1500 words) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Research Essay (2500 words) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 12 hours of lectures and 24 hours of seminars
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Not required. List of readings to be made available through the library and/or on Wattle.
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|7380||24 Jul 2023||31 Jul 2023||31 Aug 2023||27 Oct 2023||In Person||N/A|