This course constructs a nuanced picture of the lives of women in ancient Rome. Encompassing the period from the traditional founding of the city of Rome in 753 BC to the second century AD, this course considers how diverse aspects of women’s lives were affected by the development of Rome from a small city in Italy into an empire encompassing all of the Mediterranean world. As with all historical study of the ancient world, the information we have for women is found in a variety of sources. Thus, the course also facilitates an initial exposure to, and the primary development of, the ancient historian’s skill to critically examine archaeological, epigraphical, legal, and literary sources. Prerequisite: Restricted to third and fourth year students (or permission of the instructor).