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HIST 388 Julius Caesar: Man and Myth

HIST 388.  Julius Caesar: Man and Myth.  3 Credits.   HT H   

This course explores the life, times, and legacy of Julius Caesar (c. 100-44 BCE). It covers Caesars early political career, his military campaigns, and his rise to power through civil war, with special attention paid to his aims, political reforms, and the institutions that enabled his rise to power. In addition, it considers the role of great men in history and historiographical problems in reconstructing the past. It also explores how the image of Caesar has been transmitted, interpreted, challenged, and reshaped from antiquity to the present. Topics may include: the impact of Julius Caesar in Rome with the creation of an empire ruled by Caesars; Medieval responses to Caesar as tyrant, king, and emperor; Caesar as a paradigm of populist tyranny from the Renaissance to the present; the legacy of his literary output and the Romantic image of Caesar as a genius; his impact on the modern age of empires; and re-imaginings of Caesar in film, TV, and video games. (Same as CLSX 323.)

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of General Studies in History

History does not just narrate a sequence of past events. The practice of history examines change over time and tries to understand the forces that contributed to those changes. Historians are most interested in questions that begin by asking ‘why’ or ‘how.’ These questions demand complex answers about who we are, how we have come to where we are, and what forces have shaped humanity through time.

Bachelor of Arts in East Asian Languages and Cultures

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Minor in East Asian Languages and Cultures

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Minor in Leadership Studies

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