Over the summer vacation, please have a look at the following two books:
C. HIGHET, The Classical Tradition: Greek and Roman influences on the Western World, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1949.
E. R. CURTIUS, European Literature and the Latin Middle Ages, Pinceton: Princeton University Press, 1953.
Although dated they remain works of reference for the study of the reception of Antiquity and will give you a fair idea of the material covered in Term 1.
Familiarise yourself with the following tool:
A. Grafton et al. (eds.), The Classical Tradition, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2010
-R. BRILLIANT, My Laocoon: Alternative Claims in the Interpretation of Artworks, Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000.
-R. BUBNER, The Innovations of Idealism, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003.
-J. DILLON, The Golden Chain. Studies in the Development of Platonism and Christianity, Aldershot: Variorum, 1990.
-E.R. DODDS, The Greeks and the Irrational, London : Cambridge University Press, 1951.
-D. GUTAS, Greek Thought, Arabic Culture, London: Routledge, 1997.
-D. HEDLEY and S. HUTTON, Platonism at the Origins of Modernity : Studies on Platonism and Early Modern Philosophy, Dordrecht, The Netherlands : Springer, 2008.
-F. HASKELL and N. PENNY, Taste and the Antique: the Lure of Classical Sculpture 1500-1900, New Haven-London: Yale University Press, 1981.
-C. HIGHET, The Classical Tradition: Greek and Roman influences on the Western World, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1949.
-V. HOSLE, 'Platonism and its Interpretations.The Three Paradigms and their Place in History of Hermeneutics' in Eriugena, Berkeley and the Idealist Tradition, ed. by Stephen Gersh, Notre Dame Press 2003.
-R. KLIBANSKY, The Continuity of the Platonic Tradition during the Middle Ages, Millwood: Kraus International Publications, 1982.
-A. PAYNE et al., Antiquity and Its Interpreters, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000.
-J. SEZNEC, The Survival of the Pagan Gods: the Mythological Tradition and its Place in Renaissance Humanism and Art, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1953.
-Ch. L. STINGER, The Renaissance in Rome, Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1985.
-D.P. WALKER, Spiritual Magic from Ficino to Campanella, London: Warburg Institute, 1958.
-N. WILSON, From Byzantium to Italy: Greek Studies in the Italian Renaissance, Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, 1992.
-E. WIND, Pagan Mysteries in the Renaissance, London : Faber, 1958.
-F. YATES, Giordano Bruno and the Hermetic Tradition, London: Routledge, 1977.