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Latin Text Option - Syllabus

Prescription for Classics/ English-Latin students: Latin Texts 2016/17

  • Virgil, Aeneid book 8 (CUP Gransden)
  • Res Gestae divi Augusti (CUP Cooley) - text online: it is important to work from this version
  • Suetonius Life of Augustus 1-28.2 - Carter text online

It is ESSENTIAL that you read these texts BEFORE the start of each term.

In our classes, we will not be translating the texts line by line, but trouble-shooting particularly tricky passages, and commenting on things of stylistic and historical interest. Please come along to the classes having already read the texts, bringing notes on any passages you would like help in translating. Feel free to download texts from The Latin Library, but be aware that these may differ slightly from the set editions specified below:

Preparation schedule

  • Read during the summer vacation, before autumn term: Virgil, Aeneid book 8
  • Read over Christmas, before spring term: RGDA, Suetonius.

The following editions will help you in your preparation.

Virgil, Aeneid 8
  • Set text is Virgil Aeneid Book VIII, ed K.W. Gransden (Cambridge Greek & Lati Classics: CUP 1976)
Suetonius Life of Augustus 1-28.2
Res Gestae divi Augusti
  • Set text is A.E. Cooley Res Gestae divi Augusti (2009, CUP) historical commentary
  • R.E. Wallace (Bolchazy-Carducci, 2000) contains helpful notes on grammar + vocab.
  • C. Damon (Bryn Mawr Latin Commentaries 1995) helps with grammar, but has no vocab

Schedule of classes:

READING CLASSES - Mondays 9-10 in A0.05 (Social Studies)

In our classes, we will not be translating the texts line by line, but trouble-shooting particularly tricky passages, and commenting on things of stylistic and historical interest. Please come along to the classes having already read the texts, bringing notes on any passages you would like help in translating.

Autumn Term -

  • Week 2 Mon 10 Oct: Aeneid 8, 1-101
  • Week 3 Mon 17 Oct: Aeneid 8, 102-189
  • Week 4 Mon 24 Oct: Aeneid 8, 190-305
  • Week 5 Mon 31 Oct: Aeneid 8, 306-369
  • Week 7 Mon 14 Nov: Aeneid 8, 370-453
  • Week 8 Mon 21 Nov: Aeneid 8, 454-607
  • Week 9 Mon 28 Nov: Aeneid 8, 608-670
  • Week 10 Mon 5 Dec: Aeneid 8, 671-731

Spring Term - RGDA + Suetonius 1-28.2

  • Week 1 RGDA heading, chs 1-5
  • Week 2 RGDA chs 6-12
  • Week 3 RGDA chs 13-25
  • Week 4 RGDA chs 26-end
  • Week 5 Suetonius Aug. 1-7
  • Week 7 Suetonius Aug. 8-13
  • Week 8 Suetonius Aug. 14-18
  • Week 9 Suetonius Aug. 19-25
  • Week 10 Suetonius Aug. 26-28.2

Summer Term - revision

Week 1 - Aeneid 8: prepare gobbets on vv.18-30; 184-199; 714-731

Week 2 - Bank holiday

Week 3 - RGDA / Suetonius - prepare gobbets distributed in Week 1

Bibliography

Virgil

  • Barchiesi, A. (1997) 'Ecphrasis', in The Cambridge Companion to Virgil, ed. C. Martindale
  • Bartsch, S. 'Ars and the man: the politics of art in Vergil's Aeneid' Classical Philology 93: 322-40
  • Cairns, F. (1989) Virgil's Augustan Epic
  • Casali, S. (2006) 'The making of the shield: inspiration and repression in the Aeneid' Greece and Rome 53: 185-204
  • Fowler, D. (1997) 'Virgilian narrative: story-telling' in The Cambridge Companion to Virgil, ed. C. Martindale
  • Fowler, D. (1991) 'Narrate and describe: the problem of ecphrasis' JRS 81: 25-35
  • Galinsky, G.K. (1972) 'Hercules in the Aeneid' repr. in Harrison, ed. Oxford Readings in Vergil's Aeneid 
  • Galinsky, G.K. 'The Hercules-Cacus episode in Aeneid VIII' repr in Hardie, ed. Virgil: Critical Assessments Vol 4
  • Griffin, J. (1984) 'Augustus and the poets', in Caesar Augustus: Seven Aspects, eds Millar & Segal
  • Hardie, P. (1986) Virgil's Aeneid: Cosmos and Imperium
  • Harrison, S. (1990) 'Some views of the Aeneid in the 20th century', in Oxford Readings in Vergil's Aeneid, ed. Harrison
  • Johnson, R. (1976) Darkness Visible
  • Lowrie, M. (2009) Writing, Performance and Authority in Augustan Rome - 'Monument and festival in Virgil'
  • Lyne, R.O.A.M. (1987) Further Voices in Vergil's Aeneid
  • Parry, A. (1963) ‘The two voices of Virgil’s Aeneid’, Arion 2:66–80

  • Segal, C. 'Art and the hero: participation, detachment, and narrative point of view in the Aeneid', repr in Hardie, ed. Virgil: Critical Assessments Vol 4
  • Tarrant, R. (1997) 'Poetry and power: Virgil's poetry in contemporary context', in The Cambridge Companion to Virgil, ed. C. Martindale
  • Thomas, R. (1983) 'Virgil's ecphrastic centerpieces' HSCP 87: 175-84
  • West, D.A. (1975/6) 'Cernere erat: the shield of Aeneas' repr. in Harrison, ed., Oxford Readings in Vergil's Aeneid
  • White, P. (1993) Promised Verse
  • Zetzel, J. (1997) 'Rome and its traditions', in The Cambridge Companion to Virgil, ed. C. Martindale

Res Gestae

  • Bosworth, B. (1999) ‘Augustus, the Res Gestae and Hellenistic theories of apotheosis’, JRS 89: 1-18
  • Cooley, A.E. (2009) Res Gestae divi Augusti
  • Levick, B. (1972) ‘Atrox fortuna’, Classical Review ns. 22: 309-11
  • Lowrie, M. (2009) 'Auctoritas and representation: Augustus' Res gestae', in Writing Performance and Authority in Augustan Rome
  • Ramage, E.S. (1987) The Nature and Purpose of Augustus’ “Res Gestae” (Historia Einzelschriften no.54, Franz Steiner, Stuttgart)
  • Reinhold, M. (2002) ‘Augustus’s conception of himself’, in Studies in Classical History and Society (American Philological Association, American Classical Studies 45, Oxford University Press, Oxford) 59-69 [originally published Thought Quarterly 55 (1980) 1-18]
  • Ridley, R.T. (2003) The Emperor’s Retrospect. Augustus’ Res Gestae in Epigraphy, Historiography and Commentary (Peeters, Leuven-Dudley MA)
  • Wigtil, D.N. (1982a) ‘The ideology of the Greek ‘Res Gestae’’, ANRW II.30.1 (De Gruyter, Berlin and New York) 624-38
  • Wigtil, D.N. (1982b) ‘The translator of the Greek Res Gestae of Augustus’, AJPh 103: 189-94
  • Yavetz, Z. (1984) ‘The Res Gestae and Augustus’ public image’, in Millar and Segal, eds, Caesar Augustus 1-36


Suetonius

  • Carter, J.M. (1982) Suetonius. Divus Augustus (Bristol Classical Press, Bristol)
  • Hagg, T. (2012) The art of biography in antiquity
  • Konstan, D. (2009) 'Reading politics in Suetonius' in Writing Politics in Imperial Rome, eds Dominik, Garthwaite, Roche
  • Lounsbury, R. (1987) The Arts of Suetonius
  • Power, T. & Gibson, R. (2014) Suetonius, the biographer: studies in Roman lives
  • Wallace-Hadrill, A. (1983) Suetonius: the scholar and his Caesars
  • Wardle, D. (2014) Suetonius, Life of Augustus