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Required Readings

Amazon logo Suetonius. The Lives of the Caesars. Translated by C. Edwards. Oxford, UK; New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2000, 2001. ISBN: 9780192832719.

Amazon logo Tacitus. The Annals of Imperial Rome. Translated by M. Grant. New York, NY: Penguin Books, 1971, 1956. ISBN: 9780140440607.

Amazon logo Champlin, E. Nero. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2003. ISBN: 9780674011922.

Amazon logo Zanker, P. The Power of Images in the Age of Augustus. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 1988, 1990. ISBN: 9780472081240.

1Introduction: Studying Roman Emperors
2The Emperors and Their EmpireThe Oxford Classical Dictionary. 3rd ed. Entries for: 'Rome (history)', 'senate', 'praetorians', 'Augustus', and 'Nero'.

Zanker. pp. 1-31.
3Suetonius' AugustusSuetonius. Augustus. pp. 43-97.

The Oxford Classical Dictionary. 3rd ed. Entry for: 'Suetonius'.
4Tacitus and Tacitus' AugustusTacitus. Annals. 1.1-15, and 12.1-13.58. pp. 31-42, and 252-312.

The Oxford Classical Dictionary. 3rd ed. Entry for: 'Tacitus'.
5Tacitus' NeroTacitus. Annals. 14.1-16.35. pp. 312-397.
6Suetonius' NeroSuetonius. Nero. pp. 195-227.

Champlin. pp. 36-52.
7Reading the Written EmperorAmazon logo Barton, T. "The inventio of Nero: Suetonius." In Reflections of Nero: culture, history, and representation. Edited by Jas Elsner, and Jamie Masters. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1994, pp. 48-63. ISBN: 9780807821435.

Amazon logo Syme, Ronald, ed. "The political opinions of Tacitus." In Ten Studies in Tacitus. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1970, pp. 119-40. ISBN: 9780198143581.
8Warring images: Octavian, Antony, and ActiumZanker. pp. 33-77.
9Inventing AugustusZanker. pp. 78-100.

Amazon logo Brunt, P. A., and J. M. Moore, eds.  Res Gestae Divi Augusti: The Achievements of the Divine Augustus. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1969. ISBN: 9780198317722.
10Shaping Roman ValuesZanker. pp. 101-166.
11Golden ProsperityZanker. pp. 167-192.

Amazon logo The Aeneid of Virgil. Translated by Allen Mandelbaum. New York, NY: Bantam Press, 1981. 1.223-304, 6.679-end, 8.597-end, pp. 9-11, 161-168, 218-222. ISBN: 9780553210415.
12Making Augustan HistoryZanker. pp. 192-238.
13Nero Makes a Spectacle of HimselfChamplin. pp. 53-83.
14Neronian Myth-makingChamplin. pp. 84-144.
15Nero Behaving BadlyChamplin. pp. 145-177.
16Nero's RomeChamplin. pp. 178-209.
17Making a Military MockeryChamplin. pp. 210-234.
18Making Imperial HistoryAmazon logo Jenkins, Keith. Re-thinking History. New York, NY: Routledge, 1991, pp. 6-32. ISBN: 9780415067782.

Amazon logo Evans, Richard. In Defense of History. 2nd ed. New York, NY: W.W. Norton, 2000, pp. 75-102. ISBN: 9780393319590.
19The Reel Nero: Viewing of Quo Vadis? (1951)Amazon logo Wyke, Maria. "Nero: Spectacles of Persecution and Excess." In Projecting the Past: Ancient Rome, Cinema, and History. New York, NY: Routledge, 1997, pp. 110-46. ISBN: 9780415906142.
20Nero's Christian AfterlifeChamplin. pp. 1-35.
21Mussolini's AugustusAmazon logo Raaflaub, K. A., and M. Toher. "Editors' Preface." In Between Republic and Empire: Interpretations of Augustus and His Principate. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1993, pp. xi-xxi. ISBN: 9780520084476.

Scott, K. "Mussolini and the Roman Empire." The Classical Journal 27 (1931-2): 645-657.

Aicher, P. 'Mussolini's Forum and the myth of Augustan Rome.' The Classical Bulletin 76, no. 2 (2000): 117-139.
22Syme's AugustusAmazon logo Syme, Ronald. The Roman Revolution. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1939, 2002. pp. vii-xi, 1-9, 149-161, 459-475, and 509-524. ISBN: 9780192803207.

Amazon logo Galsterer, H. "A Man, a Book, and a Method: Sir Ronald Syme's Roman Revolution After Fifty Years." In Between Republic and Empire: Interpretations of Augustus and His Principate. Edited by K. A. Raaflaub, and M. Toher. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1993, pp. 1-20. ISBN: 9780520084476.
23Presentation and Discussion of Final Paper TopicsReading for final paper.
24Presentation and Discussion of Final Paper Topics (cont.)Reading for final paper.
25Viewing of I, Claudius (1976)Amazon logo Joshel, Sandra. "I Claudius: Projection and Imperial Soap Opera." In Imperial Projections: Ancient Rome in Modern Popular Culture. Edited by Sandra Joshel, Margaret Malamud, and Donald McGuire. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001, pp. 119-61. ISBN: 9780801867422.

I, Claudius. Robert Wise, 1976.
26Conclusion: Whose Emperors?


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