AHC 378 • Conspiracy of Catiline (waiting for SWC approval)
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
Course Description: This class will focus on the conspiracy of Catiline, using it not only as a case-specific examination of an important historical event, but also as an introduction to methods of inquiry into a historical and historiographical problem. The class will incorporate reading of the ancient sources and analyzing them for rhetorical posturing and biases, and think about the interaction between literary art and historical/political source matter. We will further ask how the techniques of literary criticism and theory, and especially post-modern readings of texts as historical interventions, can complement the historian's work. The class will also consider the broader problems of conspiracy and treason, and treat it from various angles - e.g., as a generic commonplace of Latin literature, or as an index for other phenomena, such as economic hardship, political discontent, or charismatic leadership. Finally, the class will consider the solutions undertaken by the consul and senate, and therefore also issues of historical precedence, legality, justice and political balance. Required Texts: Berry, D.H. (trans.) Cicero, Political Speeches. Oxford World Classics, 2006. Handford, S.A. (trans.) Sallust, The Jugurthine War / The Conspiracy of Catiline. Penguin Classics, 1964. McGushin, P. Sallust, The Conspiracy of Catiline. A Companion to the Penguin Translation. Bristol, 1987. Warner, R. (trans.) The Fall of the Roman Republic: Six Lives. Penguin Classics, 2006. * Additional texts will be supplied by the instructor or placed on library reserve. Course Requirements: Students are expected to keep up with all assigned reading. Assessment will be based on three components: 1) preparedness and contribution to class discussion (20%; including responses to peer presentations); 2) a formal presentation on a relevant topic (to be approved with the instructor); 3) an annotated research bibliography on one of the texts/issues discussed in the seminar (to be approved by instructor); and 4) a 12-15 page research paper (subject to be approved by instructor);.