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Set Texts in the original for the Latin Language Option

Autumn Term

Text 1: Plautus, Poenulus 1-128, 949-1422
** Please read all the Poenulus in English

Recommended Edition:
W. De Melo (2012) Plautus, The Little Carthaginian. Pseudolous. The Rope, Cambridge Mass.: Loeb Classical Library. [available as e-book]

Text 2: Virgil, Aeneid 1.335-756
** Please read all Aeneid Books 1 and 4 in English

Recommended Edition:
R. G. Austin (1971) P. Vergili Maronis Aeneidos Liber Primus, Oxford: Clarendon Press.
Alternative Edition:
Maclennan, K. (2010) Virgil Aeneid I, London: Bristol Classical Press.

Spring Term

Text 1: Apuleius Metamorphoses Book 1 + Book 11.1-13 
** Please read the Metamorphoses in English

Recommended Editions:
May, R. (2013) Apuleius Metamorphoses Book 1 Aris and Phillips Classical Texts
Arthur Hanson, J. (1989) Apuleius Metamorphoses (The Golden Ass), Cambridge Mass.: Loeb Classical Library [available as e-book]
Gwyn Griffiths, J. (1975) Apuleius of Madaurus The Isis-Book (Metamorphoses, Book XI), Leiden: pp. 111-238 + introduction pp. 1-66

Text 2: St Augustine, Confessions Book 1.13-14 [20-23] + Book 3.1-2 [1-4] 

Recommended Editions:
Hammond, C. J. B. (2014) Saint Augustine Confessions, Cambridge Mass.: Loeb Classical Library [available as e-book]
O’Donnell, J. J. (1992) Augustine Confessions, Commentary on Books 1-7

Classical Texts in Translation (use Loeb Editions if possible)
Autumn Term

  • Homer Iliad 1.423-4, 23.205-7, Odyssey 1.22-26, 4.84, 5.282-7 [Ethiopians]; 11.522 [Memnon]
  • Herodotus 2.1-4, 29-30, 35-36, 54-57, 99-100, 102-120, 137, 139 [optional to read the whole of Book 2]; 3.17-25, 4.147-164, 183; 7.70.
  • Homer Odyssey 4.83-89, 125-132, 219-232, 347-592.
  • Euripides Helen
  • Aeschylus’ Suppliant Women
  • Pindar Pythian 4, 5 and 9
  • Plautus The Little Carthaginian
  • Sallust The Jugurthine War
  • Livy History of Rome selections (especially books 21, 30)
  • Virgil Aeneid 1 and 4
  • Horace Epodes 7, 9 and 16; Odes 1.37, 2.1, 3.3, 4.4
  • Lucan Civil War, selections from Books 4, 9, 10
  • Silius Italicus Punica, selections
  • [optional] Petrarch Africa


Spring Term

  • Callimachus Hymn to Apollo, Hymn to Zeus, Coma Berenices (fr. 110 Pf)
  • Theocritus Idyll 15
  • Apollonius Argonautica, selections of Books 3 and 4
  • Catullus Carmen 66
  • [optional] Heliodorus Aithiopica
  • Apuleius Metamorphoses, Apologia
  • Augustine, Confessions, City of God, selections
English Texts
  • Wheatley, Phillis (1773) Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral
  • Cullen, Countee (1925) Color, especially Yet Do I Marvel
  • Dunbar, Paul Laurence (1895) 'We Wear the Mask', in Majors and Minors. Hadley and Hadley Publishers; free version accessible here: https://archive.org/details/majorsandminorsp00dunbrich 
  • Ellison, Ralph (1952) Invisible Man
  • Ellison, Ralph [1958] (1995) “Change the Joke and Slip the Yoke,” in John F. Callahan (ed.) The Collected Essays of Ralph Ellison. The Modern Library: 100-12.
  • W. E. B. Du Bois (1903) The Souls of Black Folk, chapters 4 (Of the Meaning of Progress) and 5 (Of the Wings of Atalanta)
  • W. E. B. Du Bois (unpublished) De Senectute available here: http://credo.library.umass.edu/view/full/mums312-b159-i391 to be read together with Cicero's De Senectute
  • Hopkins, Pauline
  • [optional?] Reed, Ishmael (1972) Mumbo Jumbo
  • Morrison, Toni (1987) Beloved
  • --- (1988) 'Unspeakable Things Unspoken: The Afro-American Presence in Classical Literature'
  • [optional] --- (1977) Song of Solomon
  • --- [selections from Paradise (1997) and Jazz (1992)] 
  • Walcott, Derek (1990) Omeros
  • [optional] Padilla Peralta, D. (2015) Undocumented: A Dominican Boy's Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League