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Q800 Set Texts

Q800 Syllabus: Set texts for 2017/18

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.

You are advised to copy the online texts, and double-space them before printing them out to allow plenty of space for making notes. The set texts are available via the online module bibliography.


Preparation schedule

  • Read during the summer vacation, before autumn term: Tacitus, Agricola.
  • Read over Christmas, before spring term: Piso inscription; Juvenal + Statius Silvae 4.1-2.
  • Read over Easter, before summer term: Statius Silvae 4.3.

The following editions will help you in your preparation.

Tacitus Agricola

  • A.J. Woodman, with C.S. Kraus, Tacitus Agricola (Cambridge 2014) [PA6706.A3]

SCPP

Lott, J (2012) Texts and translation: SCPP. In: Death and dynasty in early imperial Rome : key sources, with text, translation, and commentary . ed., Cambridge ; New York: Cambridge University Press, Ch.2 (2.6), pp.125-157

Juvenal Satire 3

  • Braund, S., Juvenal, Satires: book 1 (Cambridge 1996) [PA 6446.A5] - text and essay on Satire 3 available online

Statius Silvae

  • Coleman, K. Silvae IV (Oxford 1988 - available as Bristol Classical Press reprint, 1998) [PA 6697.A3 + online scan available of text & translation]

LANGUAGE CLASSES – SCHEDULE 2017/18

Mondays at 9-10 in A0.05 (Social Sciences Annex)

Autumn term 2017

  • Week 2: - Tacitus, Agricola 1-3
  • Week 3: - Tacitus, Agricola 4-9
  • Week 4: - Tacitus, Agricola 10-15
  • Week 5: - Tacitus, Agricola 16-22
  • Week 7: - Tacitus, Agricola 23-31
  • Week 8: - Tacitus, Agricola 32-36
  • Week 9: - Tacitus, Agricola 37-42
  • Week 10 - Tacitus, Agricola 43-46

Spring term 2018

  • Week 1: - SCPP 1-70
  • Week 2: - SCPP 71-176
  • Week 3: - Juvenal Satire 3 vv.1-57
  • Week 4: - Juvenal Satire 3 vv.58-125
  • Week 5: - Juvenal Satire 3 vv.126-189
  • Week 7: - Juvenal Satire 3 vv.190-267
  • Week 8: - Juvenal Satire 3 vv.268-322
  • Week 9: - Statius Silvae 4.1
  • Week 10: - Statius Silvae 4.2

Summer term 2018

  • Week 1: - Statius Silvae 4.3
  • Week 2: Revision
  • Week 3: Bank holiday
 

Essay 2

Titles for Q800 students taking module as language option. Your essay should demonstrate close reading of the set text.

  • How does Tacitus use the island of Britain and its inhabitants to shape his account of the life of Agricola?
  • How do you explain Juvenal’s characterization of Umbricius?
  • Why did the Senate publish the Senatus consultum de Cn. Pisone Patre?
  • Do Statius’ poems Silvae 4.1-3 demonstrate the triumph of style over substance?

Bibliographies

Tacitus

See module bibiography

Juvenal

Braund, S. (1996) Juvenal Satires I (CUP) [PA 6446.A5 + Learning Grid]
@ Braund, S. & Osgood, J. eds (2012) A Companion to Persius and Juvenal
@Freudenburg, K. (2005)
The Cambridge Companion to Roman Satire [e-book]
Rudd, N. and Courtney, E. (1977) Juvenal Satires I, III, X (BCP) [PA 6446.A5 - external store]
Courtney, E. (1980) A Commentary on the Satires of Juvenal [PA 6448.C6]
@ Baines, V. (2003) 'Umbricius' Bellum Ciuile: Juvenal, Satire 3' Greece & Rome 50.2: 220-37
Plaza, M. ed. (2009) Persius and Juvenal [PA6448.P47]
@ Plaza, M. (2006) The function of humour in Roman verse satire
@ Freudenberg, K. (2005) The Cambridge Companion to Roman Satire
@
Freudenberg, K. (2001) Satires of Rome: threatening poses from Lucilius to Juvenal

SCPP

See module bibiography + Piso seminar worksheet

Statius

Coleman, K.M. Statius Silvae IV
@ 
Newlands, C. (2002) Statius' Silvae and the Poetics of Empire
Bright, D.F. (1980) Elaborate Disarray, the nature of Statius' Silvae [PA 6698.B7]
Nauta, R. et al. eds (2006) Flavian Poetry [PA6045.F539]
Nauta, R. (2002) Poetry for Patrons: literary communication in the age of Domitian [PA6050.N38]
Hardie, A. (1983) Statius and the Silvae [PA 6698.H27]