Syllabus

Week 1 (9/12-9/16): Pliny

Primary reading in Latin:

Pliny, Epistulae 1.5, 1.6, 2.20

Secondary source reading:  Griffin, M. T. 1999. “Pliny and Tacitus,” Scripta Classica Israelica 18: 139-158.

Study Question #1 Due Friday 9/16

Week 2 (9/19-9/23): Pliny

Primary reading in Latin:

Pliny, Epistulae 6.16

Primary reading in translation:

Pliny, Epistulae 3.5

Common Session #1 9/21

Week 3 (9/26-09/30): Pliny

Primary reading in Latin:

Pliny, Epistulae 6.20

Secondary source reading:   Nicholas F. Jones, “Pliny the Younger’s Vesuvius Letters (6.16 and 6.20),” Classical World 95.1: 31-48.

Study Question #2 Due 9/30

Week 4 (10/3-10/7): Pliny

Primary reading in Latin:

Pliny, Epistulae 10.33, 10.34, 10.88, 10.89, 10.120, 10.121

Secondary source reading:   Phil Stadter, “Pliny and the Ideology of Empire: The Correspondence with Trajan,” Prometheus 32: 61-76, 2006.

Common Session #2 10/5

Week 5 (10/10-10/14): Martial

Primary reading in Latin:

Pliny, Epistulae 3.21

Martial, Epigrams 10.20, 5.5, 5.19

Secondary source reading:  Art Spisak, “Martial on Domitian: A Socio-anthropological Perspective,” Classical Bulletin 75.1: 69-83.

Study Question #3 Due 10/14

Week 6 (10/17-10/21): Martial

Primary reading in Latin:

Martial, Epigrams Book 9 Preface, 9.1, 9.93, 9.101

Common Session #3 10/19

 Week 7 (10/24-10/28): Tacitus

Primary reading in Latin:

Tacitus, Agricola 1-2, 44-46

Primary Reading in Translation:

Tacitus, Historiae 1.1-3

Study Question #4 Due 10/28

Week 8 (10/31-11/4): Tacitus

Primary reading in Latin:

Tacitus, Annales 11.24, 11.29-32, 11.37-38

Primary reading in translation:

Tacitus, Annales 11.24-38

Secondary source reading:    Nappa, Christopher. 2010. “The Unfortunate Marriage of Gaius Silius: Tacitus and Juvenal on the Fall of Messalina,” in Miller and Woodman, eds. Latin Historiography and Poetry in the Early Empire.

Common Session #4 11/2

Week 9 (11/7-11/11): Tacitus

Primary reading in Latin:

Tacitus, Annales 14.4-6, 14.8

Primary Reading in Translation:

Tacitus,  Annales 14. 1-13

Study Question #5 Due 11/11

Week 10 (11/14-11/18): Tacitus

Primary reading in Latin:

Ronald Syme, Tacitus. Oxford 1958. Chapters 36 and 37 (pages 481-503)

Secondary source reading:   V. Pagán, Conspiracy Theory in Latin Literature, Austin 2012, Epilogue, “The Golden Age of Conspiracy Theory”

Common Session #5 11/16

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