Students majoring in Classics should consult these lists early and often: we will use them in choosing texts for the "adjunct" reading courses but students are responsible for filling in their own gaps. Senior reading exams will cover these texts.
Classics Department Reading List
Latin Reading list
In English, Latin reading in parentheses:
Catullus (all in English, in Latin 100 lines)
Caesar: Gallic War (in Latin 5 OCT pages)
Cicero: Catiline I and II, Pro Caelio (in Latin 5 OCT pages)
Livy: book I, XXI, XXII (in Latin 5 OCT pages from book I)
Lucretius: books I-III
Ovid: Ars Amatoria I, Metamorphoses (all in English, one book from any work in Latin)
Plautus: 1 play
Propertius: books I, IV
Tacitus: books I-III
Virgil: Aeneid (all in English, in Latin one book)
Greek Reading List
The following list should be read in English. The number of lines to be read in Greek are in parentheses after each selection. Please note that for some selections we have indicated a helpful text from which to read.
Homer: Iliad and Odyssey (The equivalent of one book of each – about 500 lines)
Hesiod: Theogony, and Works and Days (50 lines)
Homeric Hymns: Demeter, Apollo, Hermes (50-100 lines)
Lyric and Other Poetry (50 lines – come to us for help in choosing if you need to)
Among the poets we recommend are Sappho, Alcaeus, Alcman, Stesichorus, Simonides, Archilochus, and Solon.
Here, your best bet is to read through the collection in Diane Rayor’s Sappho’s Lyre (Berkeley, 1991)
Xenophon—Anabasis, Cyropaedia or Hellenica; or Polybius—Histories (called “The Rise of the Roman Empire” in the Penguin edition), especially books 1 and 6.
Herodotus, Books 1-4, 7 (Minimum 5 pages, including first and last paragraphs of the Histories).
Thucydides: Book 1 (Prologue, Paras. 22-24) and one speech from Books 1 or 2.
For the English, use Paul Woodruff, Justice, Power and Human Nature (Hackett, 1993). We also recommend The Landmark Thucydides, which has Thucydides complete with maps and notes in a beautiful edition (Touchstone, 1996).
Drama (100 lines of each author)
Aeschylus: Oresteia, Prometheus Bound
Sophocles: Oedipus Cycle, Elektra, Philoctetes or Ajax
Euripides: Medea, Electra, Bacchae, Alcestis
Aristophanes: Acharnians, Birds, Lysistrata, Clouds, Frogs
About 100 lines of one of the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke or John)
Presocratics: Heraclitus, Parmenides, and all other fragments (selected fragments of Heraclitus, and Parmenides and Anaximander, major fragments)
Plato: Apology, Crito, Phaedo, Euthyphro, Symposium, Republic, Bks. 1-4 (5 pages in Greek, preferably from one or two dialogues – about 400 lines)
Aristotle: Poetics, De Anima, Ethics, Politics, Metaphysics Lambda (Book 12) (Classics/Philosophy majors will want to read some of this in Greek)
Lysias: On the Olive Trunk; On the Murder of Eratosthenes
Demosthenes: On the Crown
Selected Secondary Texts Worthy of Perusal
General/history: Pomeroy et. al., Ancient Greece: A Social, Political and Cultural History (Oxford)
Syme, The Roman Revolution (Oxford)
Art and Archaeology:
Biers, W. The Archaeology of Greece
Boardman, J. Greek Art
Neer, Greek Art and Archaeology(Thames and Hudson)
Ramage and Ramage, Roman Art(Pearson)
Zanker, Power of Images in the Age of Augustus (Michigan)
The Cambridge Companion to Homer
Greek Religion and Drama
Burkert, W., Greek Religion
Dodds, E.R., The Greeks and The Irrational
Harrison, J., Themis
Vernant, J-P and Detienne, M., Myth and Tragedy in Ancient Greece
Annas, J., Voices of Ancient Philosophy
Kirk, Raven, J.E. and Schofield, M. The Presocratic Philosophers