Ancient History and Classical Archaeology / Classical Civilisation
Some of you will have taken A levels or GCSEs in classical subjects, whereas others will be coming fresh to the subject. Whatever your background, you might like to spend some time over the summer vacation reading some of the following. You don't need to read all of these - just dip into the areas you find most interesting!
- Homer, Iliad and Odyssey: The Penguin Classics translations by Robert Fagles are good, see also Emily Wilson's new translation of the Odyssey. Lattimore's translations (University of Chicago Press) helpfully have the line number alongside the translation, which is useful later when you come to write essays.
- Virgil, Aeneid: Penguin Classics edition (Fagles) or Oxford World's Classics (Fantham)
- Greek Drama: esp. the Penguin Classics editions of Sophocles, Theban Plays (Fagles); Euripides' plays; Aristophanes (Sommerstein).
- Herodotus, Histories (trans. Waterfield, Oxford World’s Classics);
- Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War (trans. Hammond, Oxford World’s Classics).
- Suetonius, The Twelve Caesars (trans, Graves Penguin Classics )/ The lives of the Caesars (trans. Edwards, Oxford World’s Classics)
- Beard, M., Henderson, J. A Very Short Introduction to Classics (Oxford University Press 2000)
- Blanshard, A. Classical World: All that matters (John Murray Learning 2015)
- Cartledge, P. The Greeks. A Portrait of Self and Others (Oxford University Press 2002)
- Lane Fox, R. The Classical World: An Epic History from Homer to Hadrian (Penguin 2006)
- Treggiari, S. Roman Social History (Routledge 2002)
These are not books that you need to buy - they won't be textbooks for the course; but are lively introductions to different aspects of the classical world.