Life and Literature in the Roman World: From Cicero to Prudentius

The literature of Ancient Rome has had an enduring influence on Western Civilization. This course focuses on twelve outstanding Roman writers, from the first century BC to the fourth century AD: Cicero, Caesar, Catullus, Sallust, Virgil, Horace, Tibullus, Ovid, Petronius, Tacitus, Pliny and Prudentius. Looking through the eyes of politicians, generals, historians, poets, novelists and letter writers, much is revealed of the changes in Roman life, social institutions and attitudes from the end of the Republic to the early Empire and the rise of Christianity. Extracts from written works plus illustrated examples of art, sculpture and architecture will be included.


Course Tutor
Robert Forgacs


Supplied Course Material
Course Booklet


Units & Pricing
6 units / $78 per person


Course Code for Enrolment
D149


Getting Started

  1. Start your Group: Anyone can start a Discussion Group – seek out some like-minded friends or put up a notice in your local library, bookshop or workplace. Please note a minimum of 6 people is required to start a new discussion group.
  2. Arrange the Meetings: New groups need to decide where and when to meet, and for how long – whatever best suits members' particular situations.
  3. Run your Group: Choose a secretary to liaise with WEA and your tutor, a Discussion Leader to chair meetings, a reporter to take discussion notes to send to your tutor, and maybe a librarian to look after the books.
  4. Start the Course: Contact WEA Sydney to enrol. Bookings can be made for one year, divided into two terms – Term 1 commences in February, Term 2 in July (Groups may make forward bookings for popular choices). Please indicate in what order your Group wishes to study the courses, if more than one course is booked.