Greek Elite Culture in the Roman Empire


Course Objective

In-depth introduction to Greek intellectual life during the ‘long second
century’, from the Flavian up to and including the Severan period;
recognizance of the problems involved in characterizing the intellectual
and cultural life of a period.

Course Content

Discussion of the life and work of some ten prominent intellectuals from
the period under discussion, each of them representing a specific
intellectual discipline as well as a specific view of the role in
society of the pepaideumenos, the intellectually and culturally educated
man. People who will be discussed include the philosopher and biographer
Plutarch; Dio of Prusa, orator and local politician; Arrian of
Nicomedia, chronicler of the philosophical discussions of Epictetus,
historiographer of Alexander the Great, and high-ranking member of the
imperial aristocracy; the sophist and physiognomist Polemo of Laodicea;
Herodes Atticus, latter-day Croesus, large-scale benefactor, Greek
sophist and Roman consul; the oneirocritic Artemidorus of Daldis;
Pausanias the Periegete; Aelius Aristides, orator and mystic; the
satyrical genius Lucian; Galen, theorist and practitioner of medicine;
and Philostratus, sophist and author of a multifaceted oeuvre.

Teaching Methods

Seminar, 4 hours a week

Method of Assessment

Weekly assignments, viva voce. Students in the Research Master Classics
and Ancient Civilizations will be asked to shoulder more demanding

Entry Requirements

Greek texts will be read in translation, so to take this course you
don't need to know ancient Greek.


To be announced

Target Audience

Students MA and RMA Classics and Ancient Civilizations and MA History

General Information

Course Code L_GOMAALG002
Credits 6 EC
Period P5
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator dr. J.J. Flinterman
Examiner dr. J.J. Flinterman
Teaching Staff dr. J.J. Flinterman

Practical Information

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Last-minute registration is available for this course.

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