2017-2018 Catalog

CSLC 241 Spectacle and the Stage in Ancient Rome

The ancient Romans had a flair for the dramatic, creating spaces and staging performances which matched the grandness of their empire. Gladiatorial games, theatrical productions, chariot races, and other festivals played an integral role in the civic, religious, and cultural life of the ancient Romans. This course offers an introduction to the various forms of public entertainment offered during the Roman Republic and Empire. Students will read selections from ancient authors and consider modern theories about the gaze and spectatorship. Students who have completed Latin 102 or the equivalent can take this language intensive version of CSLC 241/CLAS 241 where we will read selections from Seneca’s Epistulae ad Lucilium, as well as Horace’s Satires.


4 units


LATN 102 or equivalent

Core Requirements Met

  • Pre-1800
  • Regional Focus