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Life of Sertorius


Tuesday, 3 March 2020 to Wednesday, 27 May 2020
Total hours: 40
Hours of lectures: 40

Examination procedure

  • Report or seminar


The course is devoted to PhD students and is open to undergraduate students. Knowledge of Latin and ancient Greek is required.


The trajectory of Quintus Sertorius's political career unfolded against the background of the grave conflicts that tore through Rome from the era of Marius and Sulla to the age of Pompey. In the pages that Plutarch dedicates to this leading protagonist of the late republic, one relives the tensions of those decades of civil wars, which brought the armies of Rome into open conflict with each other, menaced the social order of the res publica, and sewed seeds of opposition to Roman rule in the provinces. The course will be devoted primarily to the close reading and analysis of the Life of Sertorius, but alongside Plutarch we will also take into consideration other sources relevant to this critical period in Roman history. 

Educational goals:

consolidating the ability to analyze the sources, in particular literary and epigraphic texts, as well as the archaeological evidence; learning the main features of Quintus Sertorius' political career in the context of the civil wars.

Bibliographical references

 Bibliographic references will be given during the lessons