The course focuses on the Roman Empire during the first century AD following its consolidation by the founding emperors Augustus and Tiberius. The performance of certain of their successors is discussed, but the emphasis is upon social, administrative and economic themes. The nature and values of society are probed through exploration of such varied topics as: the status and role of slaves and ex-slaves; the work undertaken by men and women; entertainment; and Roman funeral and burial practices. Sensitive exploitation of original source material, both literary and non-literary (all in translation), is an important element throughout. While plenty of guidance will be given, students are expected to read widely for themselves among ancient and modern authors, as well as to take an informed part in class discussions. They must be willing to present their own findings to the class, and to respond to those of others. Great significance is attached to students’ contributions. Prerequisite: CLST 331 or permission of the instructor.