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Graduate Program

Graduate Reading Lists

The Master of Arts in Classics, the Master of Arts in Classics with Teaching Licensure, and the Master of Arts in Classical Archaeology endeavor to provide students with grounding in the texts of the classical world, their genres and their historical development. To that end, all graduate students in the Department of Classics will be expected to master the following reading lists, containing material both in the original and in translation.

The ability to read Greek and Latin with relative facility is also a goal of these graduate degrees, as this skill facilitates research for philologists, historians, and archaeologists and supports the professional aspirations of classicists. All language examinations—both diagnostic and qualifying—will draw from the material in Latin and Greek on these lists.

Upon graduation from the programs, students should be able to perform the following tasks reliably and with reasonable alacrity in both languages:

  1. identify the morphology of any declined or conjugated form;
  2. explain the syntax of any declined or conjugated form;
  3. scan dactylic hexameter;
  4. accurately translate a continuous passage of either prose or poetry with the aid of a dictionary;
  5. contextualize and interpret a passage within its genre and historical milieu.

Core MA Reading List

In the Original
Aristophanes Frogs
Euripides Bacchae
Herodotus Hist. 1.1-13, 1.29-33, 1.46-56, 1.79-89, 1.107-140, 1.141, 1.152-3, 1.204-216
Homer Iliad 22
Plato Apology
Sophocles Ajax
Cicero In Catilinam 1
Horace Satires 1.5, 1.8, 1.9, 1.10, Odes 1.1, 1.3, 1.5, 1.9, 1.22, 1.37, 1.38
Lucretius De Rerum Natura, 1.1-369; 2.216-224; 251-271; 3.1-30, 136-160; 4.1058-1169; 5.772-836; 6.1138-1286
Livy Ab Urbe Condita Libri, 22.37-61
Ovid Amores 1
Vergil Aeneid 1
In Translation
Aristophanes Frogs, Clouds
Euripides Medea, Bacchae
Herodotus Histories, 1, 3.61-89, 4.42-45, 4.59-82, 4.118-142, 5.30-38, 5.49-54, 5.97-107,6.1-20, 6.42-43, 6.94-117, 7, 8.1-110, 9.122
Homer Iliad and Odyssey
Plato Apology, Symposium
Sophocles Oedipus Tyrannus, Antigone, Ajax
Thucydides History of the Peloponnesian War, 1.1-1.23, 1.56-1.88, 1.139-1.146; 2.34-2.65; 3.36-3.50, 3.69-3.85; 5.13-5.26, 5.84-5.116; 6.8-6.41; 7.1-7.18, 7.42-7.59, 7.72-7.87
Cicero In Catilinam 1-4
Horace Satires 1, Odes 1, Ars Poetica
Lucretius De Rerum Natura, 1, 2, 3, 4 (1058-1287), 5 (772-1457), 6 (1-42; 1090-1286)
Livy Ab Urbe Condita Libri, 1-5, 21-22, 30
Ovid Metamorphoses
Vergil Aeneid

Archaeology Specialized Reading List

In the Original
Augustus Caesar Res Gestae
Pliny the Elder Natural History 34.9-19; 35.5-9; 35.32-35
Vitruvius De Architectura, Book 6
Cato the Elder De Agri Cultura (selections from Courtney, Archaic Latin Prose [1999], Preface, 1-5, 141-143, 156-157)
Frontinus De Aquae Ductu, Book 1
Pausanias Description of Greece, 1.1-27
Plutarch Life of Pericles
Strabo Geographica, 2.3
In Translation and Secondary Sources
Pausanias Description of Greece
Vitruvius De Architectura
Strabo Geographica, 1, 2, 4, 5, 15, 17
Pliny the Elder Historia Naturalis, Books 1-7, 26-27, 33-36
Plutarch Life of Pericles
Cato the Elder De Agri Cultura
S. Alcock & R. Osborne Classical Archaeology, Second Edition, Wiley 2007.
I. Morris Burial and Ancient Society The Rise of the Greek City-State (Cambridge, 1987)
A. Wallace-Hadrill Rome's Cultural Revolution (Cambridge 2008)
K. Green Archaeology of the Roman Economy (Berkeley 1986).
D. Mattingly Imperialism, Power, and Identity (Princeton, 2013)

History Specialized Reading List

In the Original
Herodotus 6.94-117, 7, 8.1-110
Thucydides 1.1-23, 3.18-19, 3.27-50, 6.1, 6.6-31, 6.53-61, 6.88-93
Xenophon Anabasis 1, 3.1.1-33, 4.7.19-27
Caesar Bellum Gallicum 1
Livy Ab Urbe Condita Libri 1
Augustus Res Gestae
In Translation
Aristotle Ath. Pol.
Herodotus Histories
Old Oligarch  
Plutarch Romulus/Theseus; Alexander/Caesar; Demosthenes/Cicero; Cimon; Pericles; On the Daimonion of Socrates
Polybius  
Thucydides History of the Peloponnesian War
Xenophon Anabasis; Hellenica
Ammianus Marcellinus 14. 6.2-27; 15.9-12; 17.7.1-8; 26.10.15-19; 28.6; 31.12-16.8
Caesar Bellum Gallicum
Livy Ab Urbe Condita Libri
Tacitus Agricola; Annales
Sallust Conspiratio Catilinae
Suetonius Caesar, Augustus, Tiberius, Nero

Philology Specialized Reading List

In the Original
Aeschylus Eumenides
Christian Scripture John 1-3
Hesiod Theogony; Works and Days
Homer Odyssey 9
Lucian True History, Book 1
Lysias On the Murder of Erastosthenes
Sappho 1, 16, 31 + the 2 new poems
Thucydides Selections from narrative and speeches
Apuleius Metamorphoses, 4.28.1-4.35; 5.26; 6.9-6.24
Catullus Carmina, 1-16, 23, 29, 64, 68, 85, 86, 88, 93, 99, 101, 116
Juvenal Satire 3
Lucan Pharsalia, Book 1
Petronius Satyricon, 12-15, 26-33, 41-49, 61-64, 71-78, 111-112
Plautus Casina
Pliny Letters, 1.1, 3.21, 5.9, 6.16, 6.20, 9.6, 10.96-97
In Translation
Aristotle Poetics
Demosthenes On the Crown
Longus Daphnis and Chloe
Pindar Olympian Ode 1, Pythian Ode 10
Plutarch On the Daimonion of Socrates
Juvenal Satires
Quintilian Institutio Oratoria, 10
Seneca Medea, Thyestes, Apocolocyntosis
Tacitus Annales
Terence Heautontimorumenos, Andria
Vergil Eclogues; Georgics
Propertius Book 1

Philosophy Specialized Reading List

In the Original
Aristotle Nicomachean Ethics VI
Diogenes Laertius Life of Socrates
Plato Republic X, Meno
Sextus Empiricus Outlines of Pyrrhonism, Ch. XIV
Hellenistic philosophy Selections
Augustine Confessiones XI
Boethius De consolatione philosophiae V
Cicero De officiis, I
Seneca De brevitate vitae
In Translation - The above works in their entirety (unless otherwise noted) and:
Aristotle Metaphysics I, XII, Politics I-III, VII-VIII
Plato Protagoras, Gorgias, Crito
Sextus Empiricus Outlines of Pyrrhonism
Augustine De civitate Dei I.Pr., I.1, I.2, II.19, II.21, IV.4, V.9
Cicero Academica, Tusculanae
Seneca Epistulae morales ad Lucilium, I
Lucretius De rerum natura

Licensure Specialized Reading List

8 MTEL authors
Horace Satire 1.4; Ars Poetica; Odes 1.13; 1.19; 1.24; 2.14; 3.13; 3.30; 4.1; 4.11
Catullus 1-15, 64
Cicero Pro Caelio
Vergil Aeneid 2, 4, 12.869-end; Eclogues 1; Georgics 4. 281-568.
Livy Ab urbe condita, 1.1-16; 1.56.5-60.
Caesar Bellum Gallicum, 7.69-90; Bellum Civile 3.84-99
Pliny the younger 1.15, 6.16; 9.33; 5.19; 7.24; 9.16; 10.96-97.
Ovid Metamorphoses, 1&2
NON MTEL authors
Apuleius Metamorphoses 4. 28-- 35; 5. 26; 6. 9- 24.
Homer Odyssey 1.1-375; 10.275-574.
In Translation
Caesar The Civil Wars
Plautus Menaechmi
Terence Adelphoe
Catullus entire
Propertius Book 1
Petronius entire
Tacitus Annals 1-6
Vergil Eclogues, Georgics
Seneca Medea
Aristophanes Lysistrata