Roman Society Assignment
Perhaps one of the most important governments (and empires) of Antiquity, Rome was responsible for creating a blueprint for republican society, urban organization, and imperial rule. With Rome, we see the implementation of Greek ideals with a largely localized sense of community based on the concept of citizenship. However, Rome was far from perfect. Like Greece, slavery was a major component of Roman society (and perhaps one of the many reasons for its eventual decline), warfare was a constant way of life (if not more a part of Roman identity than the Greeks), and women were treated in a less than positive light. And like the Greeks, Rome had a literary tradition that acted as a basis for their cultural history (though Virgil’s Aeneid is much more of a fabricated tradition).
For this week, I want you to select one element of Roman society: government/citizenship, slavery, or morality. Then, I would like you to analyze how this element of Roman society was organized and what was its chief problem/difficulty/contradiction. I don’t expect you to give a complete analysis of government/citizenship, slavery, or morality, but instead make use of the sources this week to illustrate some insight to one of these key components of Roman society.
Create a typed response between 250 and 400 words which answers this question fully. Include the word count on the last line of your paper. Be sure to use specific examples from the readings. Try your best to make use of the sources provided for this week, as well as the textbook. If you do not include specific examples, or do not reach the word limit, you will not receive full points on the assignment. Do not just repeat the question, but instead incorporate it into your answer. Avoid being overly vague with your examples and be sure, again, to make use of the readings. For quotations, note the page number and author. Bring your response with you to class Thursday, and you will use it for our discussion.
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