USE Biography

DANTE MINUTILLO, Harvard sophomore studying Classics

Major: Classics

College/Employer: Harvard

Year of Graduation: 2024

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

My first exposure to the Latin language came in 7th grade, and it quickly captivated me. Throughout high school, I practiced my language skills by reading a variety of ancient texts, and along the way grew increasingly fascinated by the rich and multi-faceted society these writers inhabited. I love talking about the Greeks and Romans and always strive to fight back against generalization and misrepresentation, which are all too common when this empire is cited by commentators on all sides of the political spectrum. In my class, I hope to reveal the diversity of thought that existed in the ancient world, without sugarcoating the Roman Empire's many flaws.

Past Classes

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H112: Race, Ethnicity, and Empire in Ancient Rome in Splash Splash Spring 2022 (Apr. 23 - 24, 2022)
From its foundation in 753 B.C. to the fall of its western half in 476 A.D., Rome built a large, multi-ethnic empire centered around the Mediterranean Sea. How did the Romans interact with and think about these different groups? Did they have a concept of "race" in the modern sense? How did literary sources and administrative realities influence their views? Using primary sources from a variety of genres of Greek and Roman literature, we will look especially at Gauls and Germans to the north and Africans to the south to answer these questions. At the same time, we will explore how Roman attitudes have influenced more recent thinkers and dispel a variety of modern misconceptions about Rome.