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Koster, Isabel Assistant Professor

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  • Isabel Köster studies the history and literature of the Roman Republic and early Empire with a special interest in the intersection between religion and law. Her publications include articles on the various accounts of the death of Rome’s most notorious temple robbers (Classical Journal) and on mythology and invective in Cicero’s Against Piso (Illinois Classical Studies). Her current book project examines temple robbery in the Roman world from the third century BCE to the second century CE. Future projects include a study of Roman ideas about divine punishment.

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  • Roman history, Greek and Roman religion, Latin prose literature, Latin historiography and rhetoric, Roman imperialism, Roman crime and punishment

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  • CLAS 1140 - Bread and Circuses: Society and Culture in the Roman World
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Surveys the outstanding achievements of Roman culture and society as reflected in literature; philosophy and art; private and official religion; and legal and political thought. No Greek or Latin required.
  • CLAS 2110 - Gender and Sexuality in Ancient Rome
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Uses art, archaeology, and literature to study, from a contemporary feminist point of view, the status of women in works of Roman art and literature, the development of attitudes expressed toward them, and their daily life. No Greek or Latin required. Same as WGST 2110.
  • CLAS 4081 - The Roman Republic
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Studies the Roman Republic from its foundation in 753 B.C. to its conclusion with the career of Augustus. Emphasizes the development of Roman Republican government. Readings are in the primary sources. No Greek or Latin required. Same as CLAS 5081 and HIST 4081.
  • CLAS 4761 - Roman Law
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Studies the constitutional and legal history of ancient Rome; emphasizes basic legal concepts and comparisons with American law. No Greek or Latin required. Same as CLAS 5761 and HIST 4761 and HIST 5761.
  • CLAS 5081 - The Roman Republic
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Studies the Roman Republic from its foundation in 753 B.C. to its conclusion with the career of Augustus. Emphasizes the development of Roman Republican government. Readings are in the primary sources. No Greek or Latin required. Same as CLAS 4081 and HIST 4081.
  • CLAS 5761 - Roman Law
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Studies the constitutional and legal history of ancient Rome; emphasizes basic legal concepts and comparisons with American law. No Greek or Latin required. Same as CLAS 4761 and HIST 4761 and HIST 5761.
  • HIST 4081 - The Roman Republic
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Studies the Roman Republic from its foundation in 753 B.C. to its conclusion with the career of Augustus. Emphasizes the development of Roman Republic government. Readings are in the primary sources. No Greek or Latin required. Same as CLAS 4081 and CLAS 5081.
  • HIST 4761 - Roman Law
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Studies the constitutional and legal history of ancient Rome; emphasizes basic legal concepts and comparisons with American law. No Greek or Latin required. Same as HIST 5761 and CLAS 4761 and CLAS 5761.
  • HIST 5761 - Roman Law
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Studies the constitutional and legal history of ancient Rome; emphasizes basic legal concepts and comparisons with American law. No Greek or Latin required. Same as HIST 4761 and CLAS 4761 and CLAS 5761.
  • LATN 4014 - Topics in Latin Prose
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Author or topic in Latin specified in the online Schedule Planner (e.g., Roman historians, Roman epistolography, Cicero, Roman novel). May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours for different topics. Recommended prerequisites: LATN 3014 and LATN 3024. Same as LATN 5014.
  • LATN 5014 - Topics in Latin Prose
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Author or topic in Latin specified in the online Schedule Planner (e.g., Roman historians, Roman epistolography, Cicero, Roman novel). May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours for different topics. Same as LATN 4014.
  • WGST 2110 - Gender and Sexuality in Ancient Rome
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Uses art, archaeology, and literature to study, from a contemporary feminist point of view, the status of women in works of Roman art and literature, the development of attitudes expressed toward them, and their daily life. No Greek or Latin required. Same as CLAS 2110.

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