CL107/EN107 Masterpieces of Roman Literature in English Translation (part I)

use your core courses for a Classical Studies minor

Professor Rosivach (see bottom of this page for office hours)

syllabus

final essay

close-reading assignment

link to part II

class materials

January 18: introduction/overview of Roman history

no assignment

 

January 25: Roman Comedy

Terence, Adelphoe (Brothers)

Plautus, Menaechmi

Plautus, Curculio

 

February 1: Romantic primitivism

Sallust, Conspiracy of Catiline, chapters 1-13

Vergil, Bucolics (Eclogues), 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 9

Livy, Roman History, preface and book 1

 

February 8: the major historians

Julius Caesar, Commentaries on the Gallic Wars, book 1 [map of Gaul, topography]

Livy, Roman History, book 21 [map]

Tacitus, Annals, book 14

 

February 15: Vergil, Aeneid

Vergil, Aeneid, books 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 12

 

February 22: rhetoric

Cicero:

First Catilinarian (63 BC)

for Caelius (56 BC)

Second Philippic (44 BC)

 

March 1: Philosophy, Roman Style

Lucretius, On the Nature of Things, book 1, verses 1-482; book 2, verses 1-141; book 3, verses 417-1094; book 4, verses 1045-1297; book 5, verses 1-494; book 6, verses 1090-1286

Cicero, Cato (on Old Age)

Seneca, letters 28, 44, 5, 7, 80, 18, 107, 33, 43, 47, 63, 4

 

March 8: an intermediate retrospective

no assignment, but there will be an essay

 

office hours: Monday and Thursday 2 pm; Wednesday 9 pm. Please come at the start of the hour. I will stay as long as there is someone to see.