Join us as we learn (or re-learn) about the unprecedented rise of a civilization that, even two thousand years later, still shapes many of our most fundamental assumptions about power, citizenship, responsibility, political violence, empire, luxury, and beauty. We’ll begin with Rome’s foundational myth of Romulus and Remus (those abandoned twins, said to have been suckled by a lactating wolf). We’ll then move through
A.D. 212, when Emperor Caracalla made the revolutionary declaration that all free inhabitants of the vast Roman empire, wherever they lived, were now Roman citizens. World renowned Cambridge classicist Mary Beard challenges the comfortable historical perspectives that have existed for centuries by exploring how the Romans thought of themselves: how they challenged the idea of imperial rule, how they responded to terrorism and revolution, and how they invented a new idea of citizenship and nation. Our book will be SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard (Liveright, 2016). It will provide the basis for lively discussion, not just a listing of grand vistas, magisterial certainty, or pinpoint war strategy.