Classical Studies | Roman Literature in Translation
C360 | 0963 | Long


This course offers the undergraduate interested in the Classical
ancient world an introduction to some of the major works of Roman
literature.  We shall being with Ovid's Metamorphoses and move on
to selections from Vergil's Aeneid.  Then we will read two
comedies each of Plautus and Terence. We then pass on to the
Lives of the Twelve Caesars by Suetonius contrasting that work
with the Description of Germany and the Agricola of Tacitus.  We
will end by reading Apuleius's The Golden Ass.  Other authors,
such as Juvenal, Livy, Caesar, Cicero, will be read in brief
selection.

These texts have been selected for the breadth of the picture
they give of Latin literature.  (No knowledge of Latin,
incidentally, is necessary for taking this course.)  In addition,
these are the authors, with the exception of Apuleius, whom
students who pursue a further study of literature or history are
most likely to find it useful to have read.

Roman Literature in Translation is an "Intensive Writing" class.
There will be no examinations.  Instead each student will write
five five-page papers and the course grade will be the average of
the grades received on those five papers.