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Lesley Dean-Jones, Chair 2210 Speedway, Mail Code C3400, Austin, TX 78712-1738 • 512-471-5742

Fall 2007

LAT 323 • Seneca and Pliny Younger

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
33580 MWF
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
wag 112
Riggsby

Course Description

Three large collections of correspondence survive from classical Rome: in this class we will read selections from two of those Seneca the Younger's and Pliny the Younger's. Seneca exploits the form of the personal letter to create one of our earliest self-help manuals. Pliny's collection is a more complicated beast: part "real" letters, part self-display, part historical record, and usually several different things at once. The first object will be to improve the speed and depth of students' grasp of the Latin, but we will also devote considerable attention both to Pliny's and Seneca's personal contexts and to traditions of letter-writing in antiquity. Texts: Fifty Letters of Pliny by A. N. Sherwin-White and Pliny the Younger Seneca's Moral Epistles by Lucius Annaeus Seneca (Author), Anna Lydia Motto (Author)

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