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GREECE, Term 1:

Useful theoretical reading, especially on lyric and rhetoric (in addition to general theoretical items listed under term 1):

Culler, J. (2015) Theory of the Lyric (Cambridge, MA), esp. chapters 3, 'Theories of the Lyric', and 7, 'Lyric and Society'
Felski, R. (2008) Uses of Literature (Malden, MA), esp. chapters 2, 'Enchantment', 3, 'Shock', and 4, 'Knowledge'
Halliwell, S. (2011) Between Ecstasy and Truth: Interpretations of Greek Poetics from Homer to Longinus (Oxford), esp. chapters 2, 'Is there a Poetics in Homer?', 3, 'Aristophanes’ Frogs and the Failure of Criticism', and 6, 'Poetry in the Light of Prose: Gorgias, Isocrates, Philodemus'
Payne, M. (2006) ‘On Being Vatic: Pindar, Pragmatism, Historicism’, American Journal of Philology 127: 159–84
Rancière, J. (2011) The Politics of Literature (London)

Homer’s Iliad:

Barker, E. T. E. 'Achilles' last stand: Institutionalising dissent in Homer's Iliad', Proceedings of the Cambridge Philological Society 50 (2004) 92–120 COPY AVAILABLE FOR SHORT LOAN FROM DEPT. OFFICE
Barker, E. T. E. Enter the Agon: Dissent and Authority in Homer, Historiography, and Tragedy (Oxford 2009), ch. 1
Edwards, M. W. Homer: Poet of the Iliad (Baltimore 1987)
Ford, A. Homer: The Poetry of the Past (Ithaca, NY 1992)
Halliwell, S. (2011) Between Ecstasy and Truth: Interpretations of Greek Poetics from Homer to Longinus (Oxford), chapter 2, 'Is there a poetics in Homer?'
Hammer, D. 'The Politics of the "Iliad"', The Classical Journal 94.1 (1998) 1–30
Hammer, D. The Iliad as Politics: The Performance of Political Thought (Norman, OK 2002)
Hammer, D. 'Homer and Political Thought', in S. Salkever (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Greek Political Thought (Cambridge 2009), 15–41
Haubold, J. Homer's People: Epic Poetry and Social Formation (Cambridge 2000)
Martin, R. P. The Language of Heroes: Speech and Performance in the Iliad (Ithaca, NY 1989)
Morris, I. 'The Use and Abuse of Homer', in D. L. Cairns (ed.) Oxford Readings in Homer's Iliad (Oxford 2001)
Nagy, G. The Best of the Achaeans: Concepts of the Hero in Archaic Greek Poetry (Baltimore 1979)
Raaflaub, K. A. 'A historian's headache: how to read "Homeric society"?', in N. Fisher and H. van Wees (eds.), Archaic Greece: New Approaches and New Evidence (London 1998) 169–93
Redfield, J. Nature and Culture in the Iliad (Chicago 1975)
Rose, P. W. 'Thersites and the plural voices of Homer', Arethusa 21 (1988) 5–25
Rose, P. W. 'Ideology in the Iliad: polis, basileus, theoi', Arethusa 30 (1997) 151–99
Schein, S. The Mortal Hero (Berkeley 1984) chs. 3–5
Schofield, M. 'Euboulia in the Iliad', CQ 36 (1986) 6–31
Taplin, O. P. 'Agamemnon's Role in the Iliad', in C. B. R. Pelling (ed.) Characterization and Individuality in Greek Literature (Oxford 1990) 60–82
Taplin, O. P. Homeric Soundings: The Shaping of the Iliad (Oxford 1992)

Pindar and Bacchylides

Useful Introduction to Epinician Poetry ('Victory Odes'): Nisetich, F. J. Pindar's Victory Songs (Baltimore 1980), 1–77

Other bibliography, including material relating to historical contexts (* = directly relevant for Pindar, Pythian 1)
* Antonaccio, C. M. 'Elite Mobility in the West', in S. Hornblower and C. Morgan (eds.), Pindar's Poetry, Patrons, and Festivals: From Archaic Greece to the Roman Empire (Oxford 2007), 265–85
* Athanassaki, L. 'Narratology, Deixis, and the Performance of Choral Lyric. On Pindar's First Pythian Ode', in J. Grethlein and A. Rengakos (eds.), Narratology and Interpretation: The Content of Narrative Form in Ancient Literature (Berlin 2009), 241–73: COPY AVAILABLE FOR SHORT LOAN FROM DEPT. OFFICE
* Bell, M. 'The Motya charioteer and Pindar's Isthmian 2', Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome 40 (1995) 1–42 – interesting for local Sicilian contexts COPY AVAILABLE FOR SHORT LOAN FROM DEPT. OFFICE
* Cummins, M. F. 'Sicilian Tyrants and their Victorious Brothers II: The Deinomenids', The Classical Journal 106.1 (2010) 1–20
Fearn, D. W. Bacchylides: Politics, Performance, Poetic Tradition (Oxford 2007) (pp. 242–56 on Bacchylides 17)
Fearn, D. W. 'Aeginetan Epinician Culture: Naming, Ritual, and Politics', in D. W. Fearn (2010) (ed.) Aegina: Contexts for Choral Lyric Poetry, 175–226
Fearn, D. W. 'The Keians and their Choral Lyric: Athenian, Epichoric, and Panhellenic Perspectives’, in L. Athanassaki and E. L. Bowie (eds.), Archaic and Classical Choral Song: Performance, Politics & Dissemination (Berlin 2011) 207–34 COPY AVAILABLE FOR SHORT LOAN FROM DEPT. OFFICE
* Fearn, D. W. 'Ecphrasis and the Politics of Time in Pythian 1', in D. W. Fearn (forthcoming 2017), Pindar's Eyes: Visual and Material Culture in Epinician Poetry (Oxford) THREE COPIES AVAILABLE FOR SHORT LOAN FROM DEPT. OFFICE
Golden, M. Sport and Society in Ancient Greece (Cambridge 1998)
Harrell, S. E. 'King or Private Citizen: Fifth-Century Sicilian Tyrants at Olympia and Delphi', Mnemosyne 55 (2002) 439–64
Harrell, S. E. 'Synchronicity: the local and the panhellenic within Sicilian tyranny', in S. Lewis (ed.), Ancient Tyranny (Edinburgh 2006), 119–34, esp. 125–33 COPY AVAILABLE FOR SHORT LOAN FROM DEPT. OFFICE
* Hornblower, S. 'Pindar and kingship theory', in S. Lewis (ed.), Ancient Tyranny (Edinburgh 2006), 151–63
Hornblower, S. Thucydides and Pindar: Historical Narrative and the World of Epinikian Poetry (Oxford 2007), 28–36, 63–6, 186–201 and use index
Hornblower, S. and Morgan, C. (eds.), Pindar's Poetry, Patrons, and Festivals: From Archaic Greece to the Roman Empire (Oxford 2007), 4–10 (‘Elites’)
* Kurke, L. The Traffic in Praise: Pindar and the Poetics of Social Economy (Baltimore 1991) ch. 8, 'Envy and Tyranny'
* Lomas, K. 'Tyrants and the polis: migration, identity and urban development in Sicily', in S. Lewis (ed.), Ancient Tyranny (Edinburgh 2006), 95–118, esp. 97–102 COPY AVAILABLE FOR SHORT LOAN FROM DEPT. OFFICE
* McGlew, J. F. Tyranny and Political Culture in Ancient Greece (Ithaca, NY 1996), 14–51, 'Tyrannus fulminatus: Power and Praise'
* Morgan, K. Pindar and the Construction of Syracusan Monarchy in the Fifth Century B.C. (New York 2015)
* Morrison, A. D. Performances and Audiences in Pindar's Sicilian Victory Odes (London 2007)
Nicholson, N. 'Pindar's Olympian 4: Psaumis and Camarina after the Deinomenids', Classical Philology 106.2 (2011) 93–114 – good on local political context for Sicilian tyranny, its followers, and its discontents
* Segal, C. P. Aglaia: The Poetry of Alcman, Sappho, Pindar, Bacchylides, and Corinna (Lanham, MD 1998), 12–18 and 123–6
* Skulsky, S. D. 'ΠΟΛΛΩΝ ΠΕΙΡΑΤΑ ΣΥΝΤΑΝΥΣΑΙΣI: Language and Meaning in Pythian 1’, Classical Philology 70 (1975) 8–31


Athenian Politics and Poetics (see also separate Module Bibliographies for Greek Theatre, Greek Tragedy, and Greek Comedy):

Allan, W. (1999–2000), ‘Euripides and the Sophists: Society and the Theatre of War’, Illinois Classical Studies 24–5: 145–56.
Bennett, L. J. and W. B. Tyrrell, 'Making Sense of Aristophanes' Knights', Arethusa 23 (1990) 235–54
Bowie, A. M. 'Tragic Filters for History: Euripides’ Supplices and Sophocles' Philoctetes', in C. B. R. Pelling (ed.), Greek Tragedy and the Historian (Oxford 1997), 39–62
Burian, P. 'Logos and Pathos: The Politics of The Suppliant Women', in P. Burian (ed.) Directions in Euripidean Criticism (Durham, OK 1985), 129–55
Carey, C. 'Comic Ridicule and Democracy', in R. Osborne and S. Hornblower (eds.), Ritual, Finance, Politics (Oxford 1994) 69–83
Gamble, R. B. 'Euripides' Suppliant Women: Decision and Ambivalence', Hermes 98 (1970) 385–405
Goldhill, S. Reading Greek Tragedy (Cambridge 1986)
Goldhill, S. and Osborne, R. Performance Culture and Athenian Democracy (Cambridge 1999)
Halliwell, S. 'Comic satire and freedom of speech in Classical Athens', JHS 111 (1991) 48–70
Halliwell, S. (2011), Between Ecstasy and Truth: Between Ecstasy and Truth. Interpretations of Greek Poetics from Homer to Longinus (Oxford), chapter 3
Heath, M. Political Comedy in Aristophanes (Göttingen 1987)
Heath, M. ‘Aristophanes and the discourse of politics’, in G. W. Dobrov (ed.) The City as Comedy: Society and Representation in Athenian Drama (Chapel Hill, NC 1997), 230–49
Henderson, J. 'The Demos and the Comic Competition', in J. J. Winkler and F. I. Zeitlin (eds.), Nothing to do with Dionysos? (Princeton, NJ 1990) 271–313
Henderson, J. 'Attic Comedy, Frank Speech, and Democracy', in D. Boedeker and K. Raaflaub (eds.), Democracy, Empire and the Arts in Fifth-Century Athens, (Cambridge, MA 1998) 255–73
McGlew, J. F. '"Everybody Wants to Make a Speech": Cleon and Aristophanes on Politics and Fantasy', Arethusa 29 (1996) 339–62
Mendelsohn, D. Gender and the City in Euripides’ Political Plays (Oxford 2002)
Michelini, A. N. 'Political Themes in Euripides' Suppliants', AJP 115 (1994) 219–52
Murray, P. and Wilson, P. (eds.) Music and the Muses: the culture of mousike in the classical Athenian city (Oxford 2004)
Raaflaub, K. A. 'Father of all, destroyer of all: war in late fifth-century Athenian discourse and ideology', in D. R. McCann and B. S. Strauss (eds.), War and Democracy: A Comparative Study of the Korean War and the Peloponnesian War (Armonk, NY 2000), 307–56 TWO COPIES AVAILABLE FOR SHORT LOAN FROM DEPT. OFFICE
Robson, J. Aristophanes: An Introduction (London 2009)
Ruffell, I. A. Politics and Anti-realism in Old Comedy: The Art of the Impossible (Oxford 2012)
Scholtz, A. 'Friends, lovers, flatterers; Demophilic courtship in Aristophanes' Knights', Transactions of the American Philological Association 134 (2004) 263–93
Silk, M. Aristophanes and the Definition of Comedy (Oxford 2000)
Smith, W. D. 'Expressive Form in Euripides' Suppliants', HSCP 71 (1967) 151–70
Storey, I. C. Euripides: Suppliant Women. Duckworth Companions to Greek and Roman Tragedy (London 2008)
Wilson, P. The Athenian Institution of the Khoregia: The Chorus, the City, and the Stage (Cambridge 2000)


Fowler, R. L. 'Herodotus and his contemporaries', JHS 116 (1996) 62–87
Irwin, E. and Greenwood, E. 'Introduction: Reading Herodotus, Reading Book 5', in E. Irwin and E. Greenwood (eds.), Reading Herodotus: A Study of the Logoi in Book 5 of Herodotus' Histories (Cambridge 2007), 1–40, esp. 2–9 on reading Herodotus in general COPY AVAILABLE FOR SHORT LOAN FROM DEPT. OFFICE
Munson, R. V. 'The Madness of Cambyses (Herodotus 3.16–38)', Arethusa 24 (1991) 43–65
—. 'Interpretation and Evaluation', in Telling Wonders: Ethnographic and Political Discourse in the Work of Herodotus (Ann Arbor, MI 2001) 134–72
Pelling, C. B. R. 'East is East and West is West—or are they? National Stereotypes in Herodotus', Histos 1 (1997)
—. 'Speech and Action: Herodotus’ Debate on the Constitutions', Proceedings of the Cambridge Philological Society 48 (2002) 123–58 THREE COPIES AVAILABLE FOR SHORT LOAN FROM DEPT. OFFICE
Raaflaub, K. A. 'Herodotus, political thought, and the meaning of history', Arethusa 20 (1987) 221–48
Redfield, J. 'Herodotus the tourist', Classical Philology 80 (1985) 97–118
Thomas, R. Herodotus in Context (Cambridge 2000)
Winton, R. 'Herodotus, Thucydides, and the Sophists', in C. Rowe and M. Schofield (eds.) The Cambridge History of Greek and Roman Political Thought (Cambridge 2005) 89–121


Gagarin, M. 'Did the sophists aim to persuade?', Rhetorica 19 (2001) 275–91
Gagarin, M. and Woodruff, P. 'The Sophists', in P. Curd and D. W. Graham (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Presocratic Philosophy (Oxford 2008), ch. 13 [available online via webcat]
Goldhill, S. Reading Greek Tragedy (Cambridge 1986) ch. 9, 'Sophistry, Philosophy, Rhetoric'
Goldhill, S. The Invention of Prose (Oxford 2002)
Guthrie, W. K. C. A History of Greek Philosophy, Volume Three: The Fifth-Century Enlightenment (Cambridge 1969)
Guthrie, W. K. C. The Sophists (Cambridge 1971)
Halliwell, S. (2011), Between Ecstasy and Truth: Between Ecstasy and Truth. Interpretations of Greek Poetics from Homer to Longinus (Oxford), chapter 6
Kennedy, G. The Art of Persuasion in Greece (Princeton 1963) - ch. 3 includes Gorgias - though beware: very old-fashioned
Lloyd, G. E. R. The Revolutions of Wisdom: Studies in the Claims and Practice of Ancient Greek Science (Berkeley, CA 1987)
Porter, J. I. 'The seductions of Gorgias', Classical Antiquity 12 (1993) 267–99: reworked in
Porter, J. I. The Origins of Aesthetic Thought in Ancient Greece: Matter, Sensation, and Experience (Cambridge 2010)
Rosenmeyer, T. G. ‘Gorgias, Aeschylus, and Apate’, American Journal of Philology 76 (1955) 225–60
Segal, C. P. ‘Gorgias and the Psychology of the Logos’, Harvard Studies in Classical Philology 66 (1962) 99–155
Wallace, R. W. 'Plato’s Sophists, Intellectual History after 450, and Sokrates', in L. J. Samons II (ed.) The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Pericles (Cambridge 2007) 215–37
Wardy, R. The Birth of Rhetoric: Gorgias, Plato and their successors (London 1996)
Worman, N. 'The body as argument: Helen in four Greek texts', Classical Antiquity 16 (1997) 151–203, esp. 171–80 THREE COPIES AVAILABLE FOR SHORT LOAN FROM DEPT. OFFICE

ROME, Term 2

General Reading:

*Items in bold are essential reading

Connolly, J. The State of Speech. Rhetoric and Political Thought in Ancient Rome (Princeton, 2007)
Dominik, W.J. , Garthwaite, J. and Roche, P.A. (eds.) Writing Politics in Imperial Rome (Leiden, 2009)
Eagleton, T. The Ideology of the Aesthetic (Oxford, 1990)
Eagleton, T. After Theory (London, 2003)
Edwards, C. Writing Rome (Cambridge, 1996)
Feldherr, A. Spectacle and Society in Livy's History (Berkeley, 1998)
Fowler, D.P. Roman Constructions. Readings in Postmodern Latin (Oxford, 2000)
Freudenburg, K. Satires of Rome: Threatening Poses from Lucilius to Juvenal (Cambridge, 2000)
Habinek, T. The Politics of Latin Literature (Princeton, 1998)
Hardie, P. Virgil’s Aeneid. Cosmos and Imperium (Oxford, 1986)
Henderson, J. Fighting for Rome (Cambridge, 1998).
Henderson, J. Writing Down Rome (Cambridge, 1999)
Jaeger, M. Livy's Written Rome (Michigan, 1997)
Janan, M. The Politics of Desire: Propertius (California, 2001)
Langlands, R. Pudicitia: Sexual Morality at Rome (Cambridge, 2007)
Keith, A. Engendering Rome. Women in Latin Epic (Cambridge, 2000)
Koenig, J. and Whitmarsh, T. (eds.) Ordering Knowledge in the Roman Empire (Cambridge, 2007)
Lowrie, M. Writing, Performance and Authority in Augustan Rome (Oxford, 2009)
Masters, J. Poetry and Civil in Lucan’s Bellum civile (Cambridge, 1992)
Powell, A. Roman Poetry and Propaganda in the Age of Augustus (London, 1992): Especially article by D. Kennedy ('Augustan and Anti-Augustan: Reflection on Terms of Reference')
Rancière, J. The Politics of Literature (London, 2011)
Rimell, V. The Closure of Space in Roman Poetics. Empire's Inward Turn (Cambridge, 2015)
Rush, F. 'Literature and politics' in R.Eldridge (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Literature (Oxford, 2009) Oxford Handbooks online.

Virgil Aeneid:

Translations: we especially recommend
 David West's 1990 Penguin prose translation, or Fitzgerald's 1985 Penguin translation into verse.
Please note: bibliography on Virgil's Aeneid is of course vast. Introductory works are highlighted in bold. Further bibliography may be noted in lecture handouts, but if you intend to write an essay on this text you are encouraged to seek further bibliography on specific passages and to ask the lecturer for guidance.
Barchiesi, A. Homeric Effects in Vergil's Narrative (Princeton, 2015)
Bartsch, S. 'Ars and the man: the politics of art in Vergil's Aeneid' Classical Philology 93: 322-40.
Cairns, F. Virgil’s Augustan Epic (Cambridge Cambridge Univ. Press 1989)
Conte, Gian Biagio, and S. J. Harrison. The poetry of pathos: Studies in Virgilian epic (Oxford and New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 2007)
Casali, S. 'Aeneas and the doors of the temple of Apollo' Classical Journal 91 (1995) 1-9
Casali, S. 'The making of the shield: inspiration and repression in the Aeneid' Greece and Rome 53 (2006) 185-204
Feeney, D.C. The Gods in Epic (Oxford 1991)
Farrell J. and Putnam, M. A Companion to Vergil's Aeneid and its tradition (Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010)
Fowler, D.P. 'Narrate and describe: the problem of ekphrasis' Journal of Roman Studies 81: 25-35
Galinsky, G.K. Augustan Culture: An Interpretive Introduction (Princeton 1996)
Gransden, K.W. Virgil: the Aeneid (Cambridge, 1990).
Gransden, K. Virgil's Iliad: An Essay on Epic Narrative (Cambridge, 1984)
Hardie, P. Virgil's Aeneid: Cosmos and Imperium (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1986)
Eliot. T.S. 'What is a Classic? and Virgil and the Christian World', (Essays in On Poetry and Poets. London 1951).
Hardie, P.R. Virgil (Greece and Rome New Surveys in the Classics, Oxford 1998)
Hardie, P.R. Virgil Aeneid IX (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994)
Hardie, P.R. (ed.) Virgil. Critical Assessments of Ancient Authors (New York, 1999)
Harrison, S.J. (ed.) Oxford Readings in Vergil's Aeneid, (Oxford, 1990)
Horsfall, N. 'The Aeneas legend and the Aeneid' Vergilius 32 (1986): 8-17
James, S.L. 'Establishing Rome with the sword: condere in the Aeneid' American Journal of Philology 116 (1995): 623-37
Johnson, W. R. Darkness visible: A study of Vergil’s Aeneid (Berkeley: Univ. of California Press, 1976)
Lyne, R.O.A.M. Further Voices in Virgil's Aeneid (Oxford, 1987)
Martindale, C. (ed.) The Cambridge Companion to Virgil (Cambridge, 1997)
Meban, D. 'The Nisus and Euryalus episode and Roman friendship", Phoenix 63 (2009): 239-59.
Monti, R.C. The Dido Episode and the Aeneid. Roman Social and Political Values in the Epic (Leiden, 1981)
O’Hara, J. J. Death and the Optimistic prophecy in Vergil’s Aeneid (Princeton, 1990)
Pöschl, V. The art of Vergil: Image and symbol in the Aeneid. Translated by Gerda Seligson. (Ann Arbor, 1966)
Powell, A. 'The Aeneid and the embarassments of Augustus' in Powell (ed.) Roman Poetry and Propaganda in the Age of Augustus (see general biblio, above)
Putnam, P.C.J. The Humanness of Heroes: Studies in the Conclusion of Virgil's Aeneid (Amsterdam, 2011)
Quint, D. Epic and empire: Politics and Generic form from Virgil to Milton Princeton, NJ, 1993)
Seider, A. Memory in Vergil's Aeneid: Creating the Past (Cambridge, 2013).
Stahl, H.P. 'The death of Turnus. Augustan Virgil and the political rival' in K.A.Raaflaub and M.Toher (eds.) Between Republic and Empire. Interpretations of Augustus and his Principate (Berkeley, 1993: 174-211).
Syed, Y. Virgil's Aeneid and the Roman Self: Subject and Nation in Literary Discourse (Ann Arbor, 2005)
Tarrant, R. Virgil Aeneid Book XII. Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics (commentary) (Cambridge, 2012)
Thomas, R.F. Virgil and the Augustan Reception (Cambridge, 2001)
Zanker, P. The Power of Images in the Age of Augustus (Ann Arbor, 1988)
Zetzel, J.E.G. 'Romane memento: justice and judgement in Aeneid 6' Transactions of the American Philological Association 119: 263-84

Ovid, Metamorphoses 3:

Translations: we recommend the 2004 Penguin verse translation (with introduction by Denis Feeney)
*introductory works are in bold
Barchiesi, A. The Poet and the Prince: Ovid and Augustan Discourse (Berkeley, 1997)
Barchiesi, A., Hardie, P.R., Hinds, S. (eds.) Ovidian Transformations: Essays on Ovid's Metamorphoses and its Reception (Cambridge, 1999)
Berger, A.E Gabara, R. ‘The latest word from Echo’ New Literary History 27 (1996) 621-640
Casali, S. 'Other voices in Ovid's "Aeneid"' in B.Knox (ed.) Oxford Readings in Ovid (Oxford, 2006: 144-167)
Curran, L. 'Transformation and anti-Augustanism in Ovid's Metamorphoses', Arethusa 5 (1972) 71-91
Feldherr, A. 'Metamorphosis and Sacrifice in Ovid's Theban Narrative' Materiali e discussioni dei testi classici 38 (1997) 25-55.
Feldherr, A. Playing Gods: Ovid's Metamorphoses and the Politics of Fiction (Princeton, 2010)
Gildenhard, I. and Zissos, A. 'Ovid's Narcissus (Met. 3.339-510): echoes of Oedipus', American Journal of Philology 121.1 (2000) 129-147
Habinek, T. 'Ovid and empire', in P.R.Hardie (ed.) The Cambridge Companion to Ovid (Cambridge, 2002: 46-61)
Hardie, P.R. 'Ovid’s Theban history: The first anti-Aeneid?' Classical Quarterly 40 (1990), 224–235.
Hardie, P.R Ovid’s Poetics of Illusion (Cambridge, 2002)
Hardie.P.R. (ed.) The Cambridge Companion to Ovid (Cambridge, 2002)
Hardie P.R. 'The historian in Ovid. The Roman history of 'Metamorphoses 14-15', in Levene, D.S.; Nelis, D.P. (eds.) Clio and the Poets. Augustan Poetry and the Traditions of Ancient Historiography. Mnemosyne Supplement 224: 191-209 (Leiden, 2002)
Hardie, P.R. ‘Approximative similes in Ovid: incest and doubling’ Dictynna 1, 2004 (online journal).
Hinds, S. Allusion and Intertext (Cambridge, 1998)
Janan, M. Reflections in a serpent's eye: Thebes in Ovid's Metamorphoses (Oxford, 2009)
Leach, E.W. 'Ecphrasis and the theme of artistic failure in Ovid's Metamorphoses' Ramus 3 (1974): 102-42.
Mack, S. Ovid (New Haven, 1988)
Salzman-Mitchell, P.B. A Web of Fantasies: Gaze, Image and Gender in Ovid's Metamorphoses (Columbus, 2005)
Segal, C. P. 'Ovid’s metamorphic bodies: art, gender, and violence in the Metamorphoses.' Arion 5 (1998):9–41.
Sharrock, A. 'Ovid and the politics of reading' Materiali e discussioni dei testi classici 33 (1994): 97-122.
Solodow, J.B. The world of Ovid’s Metamorphoses (Chapel Hill, 1988)
Richlin, A. 'Reading Ovid’s rapes', in Richlin (ed.) Pornography and Representation in Greece and Rome (Oxford and New York, 1992: 158-179)
Tissol, G. 'The house of fame: Roman history and Augustan politics in Metamorphoses 11–15', in B.Weiden-Boyd (ed.) Brill’s Companion to Ovid (Leiden, 2002: 305–335)
Wheeler, S.M. Narrative Dynamics in Ovid's Metamorphoses (Tubingen, 2000)

Lucan's Bellum Civile:

Translations: use S.M.Braund's 1992 verse translation in the Oxford World's Classics series. Duff's Loeb translation is not recommended as it is very dated.
* Introductory works are in bold
Ahl, F.M. Lucan: An Introduction. (Cornell, 1976)
Bartsch, S. Ideology in Cold Blood: A Reading of Lucan's Civil War (Cambridge, Mass, 1997)
Dewar, M. 'Laying It on with a trowel: The proem to Lucan and related texts.' Classical Quarterly 44 (1994), 199–211.
Fantham, E. 'Caesar and the mutiny: Lucan's reshaping of the historical tradition in De Bello Civili 5.237–373.' Classical Philology 80 (1985), 119–31.
—. 'Lucan's Medusa excursus: Its design and purpose.' Materiali e discussioni dei testi classici 29 (1992), 95–119.
Henderson, J. 'Lucan: The Word at War' Ramus 16 (1987), 122–64. Also in Henderson Fighting for Rome (see general biblio above)
Johnson, W.R. Momentary Monsters: Lucan and His Heroes (Cornell, 1987)
Lapidge, M. 'Lucan's imagery of cosmic dissolution.' Hermes 107 (1979), 344–70.
Leigh, M. Lucan: Spectacle and Engagement (Oxford, 1997)
Marti, B. 'The Meaning of the Pharsalia.' American Journal of Philology 66 (1945), 352–76.
Martindale, C. 'The politician Lucan' Greece and Rome 31 (1984), 64–79.
Masters, J. Poetry and Civil War in Lucan's 'Bellum Civile' (Cambridge, 1992)
—. 'Deceiving the Reader: The Political Mission of Lucan's Bellum Civile.' in J.Elsner and J.Masters (eds.) Reflections of Nero: Culture, History, and Representation (Chapel Hill, 1994: 151–77)
Morford, M. P. O. The Poet Lucan (Oxford, 1967)
O'Gorman, E. 'Shifting ground: Lucan, Tacitus, and the landscape of civil war.' Hermathena 159 (1995), 117–31.
Rossi, A. 'Remapping the past: Caesar's tale of Troy (Lucan BC 9.964–999).' Phoenix 55 (2001), 313–26.
Sklenar, R.J. The Taste for Nothingness: A Study of "Virtus" and Related Themes in Lucan's Bellum Civile (Ann Arbor, 2003)
Tesoriero, C, Meucke, F. and Neal, T. (eds.) Oxford Readings in Lucan (Oxford, 2009)
Thomas, R.F. 'The stoic landscape of Lucan 9.' in Thomas, Lands and Peoples in Roman Poetry: The Ethnographic Tradition (Cambridge, 1992: 108–23)

Statius' Thebaid:

Translations: use Shackleton Bailey's Loeb text and translation (2003-4), with K.Coleman's introduction. You might also like the poet Jane Wilson Joyce's verse translation in the Cornell Masters of Latin Literature series (this also contains an introduction plus summaries of each book and annotations).
* Introductory works are in bold
Boyle, A.J. and Dominik, W.J.(eds.) Flavian Rome: Culture, Image, Text (Leiden, 2003) - read Boyle's introduction
Coleman, K. 'The emperor Domitian and literature' in Augstieg und Niedergang der romischen Welt II 32.5, 3087-3115 (Berlin and New York, 1986)
Dewar, M. Statius, Thebaid XI. Oxford Classical Monographs (Oxford, 1991)
Dietrich, J.S. 'Thebais rescriptrix: rewriting and closure in Statius' Thebaid 12'
Dominik, W.J. The Mythic Voice of Statius. Power and Politics (Leiden, 1994)
Fantham, E. 'Envy and fear the begetter of hate: Statius' Thebaid and the genesis of hatred' in S.M.Braund (ed.) The Passions in Roman Literature and Thought (Cambridge, 1997: 185-212)
Gervais,K. 'Viewing violence in Statius’ Thebaid and the films of Quentin Tarantino,” in H.Lovatt and C.Vout (eds.) Epic Visions: Visuality in Greek and Latin Epic and its Reception (Cambridge, 2013: 139-167)
Ganiban, R. T. Statius and Virgil: The Thebaid and the Reinterpretation of the Aeneid (Cambridge, 2007)
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