This subject introduces you to the society, literature and art of ancient Rome through major historical figures such as Julius Caesar, Cleopatra, Augustus, Nero. We read ancient Roman literature, history and examine material culture to better understand at slavery, class, gender roles and entertainment, such as ancient comedy and arena spectacles. While the city of Rome is the focus of our study, we consider the impact of Rome's vast empire and the significance of its history of military conquest. You will also have the opportunity to learn more about Pompeii and the legacy of Roman culture. Central to this subject is looking forward to the way in which Rome is now depicted on screen and in television, movies, novels and video games, including HBO's series Rome, Russell Crowe in Gladiator, and the video game Ryse: Son of Rome. You will study a modern text of your choice throughout the semester that represents the ancient Roman world, introducing you to the discipline of Classical Reception Studies.