LAT 365 • Lucan
1:00 PM-2:00 PM
The next great epic writer after Vergil, Lucan is especially famous among the poets of the "Silver Age" of Latin literature. We shall study how he reshapes the styles of major writers of the hexameter, Ennius, Lucretius, Vergil, and Ovid. We shall read as widely as possible in his story of the Civil War, devoting special study to Book One, to the horrific appearance of the Witch, Erichtho, in Book Six, and to the account of the Battle at Pharsalus in Book Seven. The artistic unity of the poem presents other challenges, especially given the abrupt cut-off of the story in Book Ten. Intensive examination of vocabulary and grammar. Text and Commentary to be provided. Famous papers drawn from the scholarly literature will be discussed. Grading: There will be two Hour Examinations ( 30 % each). These will be made up of prepared passages discussed in class and a passage for sight translation . There will be a comprehensive final exam, including sight translation, commentary, and an essay (40%).