Introduction to Roman Culture



This course aims to introduce the Roman culture as a whole. It begins with the geopolitical background of the Roman civilization, concentrating as well on the Hellenistic elements as an essential basis of Roman culture. Consequently Roman culture inherited Hellenism and bequeathed it to modern times.Together, he Greek and Roman cultures are correlative and form the Classical Heritage. Students will be able to draw a connection between Greek and Roman cultures and discover the meaning of Classical Heritage. They will learn how Rome became a bridge linking Hellenism to modern Europe and in what way Roman history is a source of inspiration in modern times in the fields of politics, literature and the arts.



  • Bolgar, R.R. The Classical Heritage and its Beneficiariesd. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1973.
  • Christ, K. The Romans: An Introduction to their History and Civilization . Trans. Christopher Holme. Chatto&Windus.The Hogarth Press 1984.
  • Cumont, F.  Recherches sur le symbolisme fune'raire des Romains. Paris: 1942.
  • Daiches, D. and Thorlby, A. eds. The Classical World. Aldus Books. London: 1972.
  • Dudley, D.R. Roman Society. Penguin Books: 1975.
  • Earl, D. The Moral and Political tradition of Rome. Thames and Hudson, 1970.
  •  Grant, F. C. Ancient Roman Religion. The Library of Liberal Arts. U.S.A. 1957.
  • Grant, M. Roman Literature . Penguin Classics, 1952.
  • Grimal, P. The Civilization of Rome. Trans. W. S. Maguinness. London: George Allen, 1963.
  • Hamilton, E. The Roman Way to Western Civilization.  A Mentor Book, 1932.
  • Hardwick, L. & Stray, C. eds. A Companion to the Classical Receptions. Oxford: Blackwell, 2007.
  • Higginbotham, J. ed. Greek and Latin Literature: A Comparative Study. London: Methuen, 1969.
  • Kallendorf, C. W. ed. A Companion to the Classical Tradition. Oxford: Blackwell, 2008.
  • La Penna, A. La cultura letteraria a Roma. Roma – Bari, Laterza, 1986.


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