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Classical Views of Literature & the Visual Arts - Syllabus

Texts to be surveyed in lectures and seminars

(roughly in the order in which they will be presented on the course)

Excerpts from Homer and other pre-Platonic authors

Plato Ion, Republic Books 2-3; Horace Epistles, Aristotle Poetics, Longinus On the Sublime, Quintilian Education of an Orator Book 10; On art: Plato Republic Book 10, Homer Iliad 18,

  • Latin texts prescribed overlead to be read in English.
  • Many of these texts are in the OUP anthologies Classical Literary Criticism and Ancient Literary Criticism ed. DA Russell and M. Winterbottom OUP)

 

Prescription of texts for Latin syllabus

(roughly in the order in which they will be presented on the course)

 

Art: Propertius Elegies 2.12, 2.31

Virgil Aeneid 8.608-731 (Shield of Aeneas)

Virgil Aeneid 1.446-97 (Temple in Carthage)

Ovid Metamorphoses 10.243-97 (Pygmalion)

 

Literature: Propertius ​Elegies ​3.1-3

Horace Epistles 1.2

Horace Epistles 2.3 Ars Poetica (474 lines)

Ovid Tristia 2.353- 270, Tristia 4.10 (Poet’s autobiography)

Suetonius Lives of the Poets (Virgil, Horace, Persius, Lucan) in vol. 2 of Loeb ed. J.C.Rolfe.