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PS 102: Freedom and Empires: The Drama of Ancient Politics


.75 CC units (3 semester hours)John Grace

Course De
scription: Examines the gripping drama of ancient Roman politics, from the struggle for freedom to the temptations of empire, as it is notoriously described by Machiavelli in The Prince and vividly portrayed in Shakespeare's Roman plays. Among the themes to be addressed: the greatness, challenges and defects of the ancient republic; the nature of political and military ambition; and the fundamental causes and character of empire. We will also examine how reflection on Roman politics profoundly influenced the American Founders. This course can also be taken for Classics or Comparative Literature credit.

Class Time: 9:00 - 12 noon    

Course Limit: 25

Program Fee:  $75