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

Jennifer V Ebbeler

Associate Professor PhD 2001, University of Pennsylvania

Jennifer V Ebbeler

Contact

  • Phone: 471-7570
  • Office: WAG 14CA
  • Office Hours: M 1-2 pm; F 11 am-12 pm; by appt.
  • Campus Mail Code: C3400

Biography

Research interestsGreco-Roman epistolography; the literature and cultural history of Late Antiquity, particularly Roman Africa; St. Augustine; Classical Latin prose; Vergil's Eclogues

Fields: Latin Literature, esp. Latin prose; Late Antique literary and cultural history

Courses Taught:

CC 304/RS 315: Pagans and Christians in the Later Roman Empire

CC 348/Hist. 362G/RS 365 (writing intensive seminar): Age of Augustine

CC 304 and 348/RS 365/Hist. 362: The Worlds of Late Antiquity

CC 348/Comp. Lit. 323 (writing intensive seminar): Cultures of the Book

Latin 323: Cicero's Letters

Latin 323: Suetonius

Latin f311J: Cicero

Latin 365: Augustine's Confessions

Latin s312K: Vergil's Aeneid 11

Latin 323:Ovid's Heroides

Latin 324: Advanced Prose Composition and a Latin 323: Catullus

Latin 323: Vergil's Eclogues and Georgics

Latin 383 (seminar): Augustine's Confessions

Latin 390: Readings in Latin Prose (Cornelius Nepos, Cicero, Suetonius

Latin 383 (seminar): Latin Letters and Letter-Writing

Latin 385: Augustine's Confessions

Latin 380J: A History of Latin Literature

CC 380J/Latin 380J/Greek 380J: Proseminar in Classical Literature Conference Courses (Instructor-directed individual study, with weekly meetings)

Latin 386: The History of Latin Literature (grad)

CC 381: Cultures of Late Antiquity (grad)

Latin 370: Augustine and the Manichees (undergrad)

Latin 386: Ovid's Heroides (grad)

Latin 386: The History of Latin Literature (grad)

Latin 679HA: Orthodoxy and Heresy in Early Christianity (undergrad)

Latin 386: Augustine's Confessions (grad)

Recent Publications:

Books

Disciplining Christians: Correction and Community in Augustine's Letters (Oxford Studies in Late Antiquity, ed. Ralph Mathisen). Forthcoming.

(under contract) Pagans and Christians in the Later Roman Empire: An Intermediate Latin Reader (co-authored with Dr. Cristiana Sogno; Cambridge UP). 

Selected Articles

"Linus as a Figure for Pastoral Poetics in Vergil's Eclogues" (forthcoming Helios).

"Letters," in Oxford Handbook of Roman Studies, eds. A. Barchiesi and W. Scheidel (forthcoming).

"Tradition, Innovation, and Epistolary Mores in Late Antiquity," in Blackwell Companion to Late Antiquity, ed. Philip Rousseau (forthcoming Spring 2009).

(co-authored with Cristiana Sogno) "Religious Identity and the Politics of Patronage: Symmachus and Augustine," Historia 56.2 (2007): 230-242.

"Mixed Messages: Decoding Two Late Antique Correspondences," in Ancient Letters, eds. Ruth Morello and Andrew Morrison (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007), pp. 301-323.

"pinax"; "pinacotheca"; "piraticus"; "pila"; "pistor," Thesaurus Linguae Latinae Vol. X,1 Fasc. XIV (2003).

"Caesar's Letters and the Ideology of Literary History," Helios 30.1 (2003): 3-19.

 

C C 302 • Introduction To Ancient Rome

33195 • Fall 2014
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm JES A121A
(also listed as CTI 310 )
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This course provides an introductory-level survey of the history of Rome from its origins in the Iron Age (c. 800 BC) to its sack by the Gothic general Alaric in August 410 AD.


This course carries a Global Cultures flag and fulfills the Visual and Performing Arts requirement.

C C 302 • Introduction To Ancient Rome

33245 • Fall 2013
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm JES A121A
(also listed as CTI 310 )
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This course provides an introductory-level survey of the history of Rome from its origins in the Iron Age (c. 800 BC) to its sack by the Gothic general Alaric in August 410 AD.


This course carries a Global Cultures flag and fulfills the Visual and Performing Arts requirement.

C C 302 • Introduction To Ancient Rome

33125 • Spring 2013
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm JES A121A
(also listed as CTI 310 )
show description

This course provides an introductory-level survey of the history of Rome from its origins in the Iron Age (c. 800 BC) to its sack by the Gothic general Alaric in August 410 AD.


This course carries a Global Cultures flag and fulfills the Visual and Performing Arts requirement.

LAT 390 • Inventing Trajan

33645 • Spring 2013
Meets T 300pm-600pm WAG 10
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LAT 390 Seminar in Classical Studies:

Selected topics in Roman studies. Topics given in recent years include Roman comedy, Pliny, and Roman fragmentary historians.

LAT 398T • Supervised Teaching In Latin

33655 • Spring 2013
Meets F 100pm-400pm WAG 10
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This course is designed to introduce graduate students to methods of teaching, especially introductory and intermediate Latin classes. Topics will include planning the course and devising the syllabus, presenting lessons, assigning and evaluating homework, making up and grading quizzes and exams, and other matters of importance.

Grading will be based on class participation and a number of projects.

C C 302 • Introduction To Ancient Rome

33005 • Fall 2012
Meets MWF 1200pm-100pm JES A121A
(also listed as CTI 310 )
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This course provides an introductory-level survey of the history of Rome from its origins in the Iron Age (c. 800 BC) to its sack by the Gothic general Alaric in August 410 AD. In general, individual lectures will closely follow the narrative of the course textbook and will trace out a chronology of important events, with some attention to the broader significance of these events.  Lectures will also explore such aspects of Roman culture as religion, the theater, slavery, gladiatorial games, and the relationship between the Roman state and the Christian church.  These textbook-based lectures will be pre-recorded and available online.  Students will be expected to listen to them prior to class.  Class time will be devoted to the presentation and careful analysis of famous “case studies” from Roman history (e.g. Aeneas’ departure from Carthage; the suicide of Lucretia; the assassination of Julius Caesar).  As a group, we will look carefully at our evidence for these events in substantial detail in order to better understand the ethical complexities at work.  Fridays will be reserved for the review of the at-home readings and lecture-viewings.  Exam weeks will likewise be devoted to review and preparation for the exams. 

 

By the end of the semester, you will be familiar with the most important events and historical figures that shaped the history of Rome from its origins as a small city in Italy to its emergence as a world power.  As well, you will have learned how to analyze historical events from the perspective of a student of ethics.  Your final grade will be determined by attendance/quizzes; your performance on four non-cumulative midterms; and a short review of Stanley Kubrick’s Spartacus.  In lieu of a cumulative final exam, students will be required to produce a 5-page ethical analysis of a case study.  The topic will be distributed on the last day of class.  There are no prerequisites for this course and it is assumed that students are new to the course material.  This course carries a global cultures flag and an ethics flag. 

 

Required Textbook

 

Boatwright, Mary T., et al., The Romans: From Village to Empire, 2nd Ed. (Oxford: OUP, 2012).  Pb.

ISBN 978-0-19-973057-5

Iclicker

ISBN 978-0-71-6779391

 

 

REQUIRED

LAT 383 • Grad Rdng: Latin Prose

33485 • Fall 2012
Meets MW 230pm-400pm WAG 10
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Latin 383 is an intensive prose reading course intended for MA students in Classics and related disciplines who wish to improve their ability to read Latin accurately and at speed.  Students should already have a firm grasp of Latin morphology and syntax as well as significant experience with Latin prose before attempting this course.  You will be expected to prepare a substantial amount of Latin for each class meeting (c. 300 lines/week).  Although the focus of the course will be on acquainting students with the several important Late Republican texts, we will also spend some time with the Imperial Latin Prose of Seneca the Elder.  Class meetings will be devoted to close translation of selected passages from the prepared assignments; detailed review of Latin syntax; and sight reading.  By the end of the semester, students will be able to read quickly and with a strong grasp of Classical Latin syntax.  Your grade will be determined by your performance on 2 midterm exams, a comprehensive final exam, and class participation.

 

Required Texts (available at The Co-op or Amazon.com)

 

Cynthia Damon, ed.  Nepos: Life of Atticus (Bryn Mawr Classical Commentaries, 1993).

John T. Ramsey, ed.  Cicero, Philippics I-II  (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003). 

William A. Edward, ed. Seneca the Elder: Suasoriae (Duckworth, 2002).

P. McGushin, ed.  Sallust: Bellum Catilinae (Duckworth, 2008).

LAT 365 • Nero

33462 • Spring 2012
Meets TTH 330pm-500pm WAG 112
(also listed as LAT 385 )
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The Emperor Nero's controversial life and reign are well-documented in both the literary and material record.  This course will introduce students to our most important extant sources in Latin for Nero's life and reign: the biographer Suetonius, the historian Tacitus, and the philosopher Seneca.  In addition to reading significant selections of Latin from each of these writers, we will read and discuss a range of secondary articles and will devote some time to the study of Nero's extensive rebuilding of Rome following the devastating fire of 64 AD.  Besides gaining a deep knowledge of Nero and his time in power, students will finish this course with improved skills in source criticism (i.e. identifying and explaining authorial bias).  

Final grades will be determined by performance on two translation exams; regular attendance and participation in class meetings; in-class presentations; a commentary project; and a final paper of c. 20 pp.

 

 

NOTE: meets with LAT 365; description same except for requirements, as follow:

 

Final grades will be determined by performance on two translation exams; regular attendance and participation in class meetings; in-class presentations; and a final paper of c. 15 pp.

LAT 385 • Nero

33485 • Spring 2012
Meets TTH 330pm-500pm WAG 112
(also listed as LAT 365 )
show description

The Emperor Nero's controversial life and reign are well-documented in both the literary and material record.  This course will introduce students to our most important extant sources in Latin for Nero's life and reign: the biographer Suetonius, the historian Tacitus, and the philosopher Seneca.  In addition to reading significant selections of Latin from each of these writers, we will read and discuss a range of secondary articles and will devote some time to the study of Nero's extensive rebuilding of Rome following the devastating fire of 64 AD.  Besides gaining a deep knowledge of Nero and his time in power, students will finish this course with improved skills in source criticism (i.e. identifying and explaining authorial bias).  

Final grades will be determined by performance on two translation exams; regular attendance and participation in class meetings; in-class presentations; a commentary project; and a final paper of c. 20 pp.

 

 

NOTE: meets with LAT 365; description same except for requirements, as follow:

 

Final grades will be determined by performance on two translation exams; regular attendance and participation in class meetings; in-class presentations; and a final paper of c. 15 pp.

LAT 398T • Supervised Teaching In Latin

33510 • Spring 2012
Meets F 100pm-400pm WAG 10
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This course will prepare graduate students to teach beginning and intermediate level Latin courses as Assistant Instructors.   Hands-on experience in classroom instruction is an essential component of graduate training.  This course will instruct you in the basic skills necessary to be a successful and effective Latin instructor.  We will begin with a brief overview of the Latin curriculum at the University of Texas, Austin, with special attention to the structure and goals of the beginning and intermediate courses within the Latin undergraduate curriculum. Many aspects of the course will be pragmatic: we will practice writing syllabi, with thoughtful discussion of how to communicate expectations, comply with University policy and Texas state law, and effectively measure a students’ performance and readiness for the next level of Latin.  We will practice writing quizzes and exams, with attention to strategies for assigning points, giving partial credit, etc.  We will read about and discuss effective pedagogical techniques for introducing new material and drilling older material. Graduate students will leave this class with knowledge of a range of exercises and drills that can be used in the Latin classroom.  They will be taught how to run a student-centered, active classroom.  Graduate students will be introduced to strategies for effective classroom management.  They will be informed of University rules and regulations concerning cheating; managing difficult students, and the like.  Students will also be introduced to the mental health resources available on campus in case of a mental health emergency.

 

Observation, mentoring, and hands-on practice will be an integral feature of the class.  Graduate students will work closely with a current mentor AI and will regularly attend their class and, at times, teach part or all of a class session.  In this way, concepts learned in the class will immediately be put to the test in a “live” classroom.  This class will NOT be a review of First Year Latin.  Students are expected to have mastered the material covered in Wheelock’s Latin prior to the start of the semester.

C C 302 • Introduction To Ancient Rome

32885 • Fall 2011
Meets MWF 1000am-1100am FAC 21
(also listed as CTI 310 )
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This course provides an introductory survey of the history of Rome from its origins in the Iron Age (c. 800 BC) to its shocking sack by the Gothic general Alaric in August 410 AD.  There are no prerequisites for this course.  Individual lectures will trace out a chronology of important events, with some attention to the broader significance of these events.  There will be occasional interludes for exploring such aspects of Roman culture as religion, the theater, slavery, gladiatorial games, and the relationship between the Roman state and the Christian church.  By the end of the semester, you will be familiar with the most important events and historical figures who shaped the history of Rome from its origins as a small city in Italy to its emergence as a world power.

C C 383 • Roman Africa

33030 • Fall 2011
Meets M 200pm-500pm WAG 10
(also listed as LAT 390 )
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Required Texts (available at amazon.com and other online booksellers)

 

  • Henry Chadwick (trans.), Saint Augustine: Confessions (Oxford: Oxford World Classics, 1992).
  • Aubrey De Selincourt (trans.), Livy: The War with Hannibal (New York: Penguin Classics, 1965).
  • Leslie Dossey, Peasant and Empire in Christian North Africa (Berkeley: UC Press, 2010).
  • Robert Fagles (trans), Virgil: The Aeneid (New York: Penguin Books, 2006).
  • Serge Lancel, Carthage: A History, trans. Antonia Nevill (Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 1995).
  • Susan Raven, Rome in Africa, 3rd ed. (London and NY: Routledge, 1993).
  • Amy Richlin (trans.), Rome and the Mysterious Orient: Three Plays by Plautus (Berkeley: UC Press, 2005).
  • A.J. Woodman (trans.), Sallust: Catiline’s War, The Jugurthine War, Histories (New York: Penguin Classics, 2007).

 

 

Course Description

 

This course offers a survey of the settlement of North Africa, beginning with the purported foundation of Carthage in the late ninth century BCE (814 BCE) and concluding with the arrival of the Vandal “barbarians” in 430 AD.  Particular attention will be devoted to the centuries-long and exceedingly complex interaction of Africa with the Italian Peninsula, most especially Sicily and Rome.  The primary aim of this course is to introduce students to the wide range of evidence—material and textual—that underpins historical narratives of archaic, Punic, Roman, and Christian Africa.  Students will be encouraged to refine their skills in working with different types of historical evidence, and will be more aware of the strengths and limitations of this evidence and the kinds of research questions that it can (and cannot) answer.  There is a growing body of outstanding anthropological theory on the intricacies of colonization and cultural assimilation generally and Romanization in particular.  Though we will not be reading widely in this body of scholarship, many of the conclusions of this theoretical work will inform assigned secondary readings and our weekly discussions.  Weekly reading assignments and class discussion will emphasize specific case studies and their relevance to the larger historical narrative of North African history.  It is, however, expected that in class presentations and individual research projects will develop a topic of more limited scope in substantial depth (though not losing sight of the larger context).

 

Class meetings will be devoted to the careful translation of Latin passages; energetic discussion of assigned primary and secondary readings; and class presentations by seminar participants.  Your final grade in the seminar will be based on your performance during our weekly seminar meetings, including in-class presentations; performance on translation quizzes (for Latin students); and the quality of your written work. 

 

 

Grading Policies

 

Final grades will be determined by your performance on:

 

  • (Latin 390 students): Two 20-minute translation quizzes.  These quizzes are scheduled for 10 October and 7 November.  No make-up quizzes will be administered.
  • (CC 383 students): 5-7 page report on a Roman African inscription
  • Presentation of a secondary reading, including management of the subsequent discussion.  Your initial presentation of the article should be no more than 10 minutes and should include a brief summer of the article’s main arguments, evidence used, and your evaluation of its success.
  • Presentation on a jointly agreed upon topic.  The oral presentation should be approximately 25-30 minutes and should initiate an extended discussion.  On the day of your presentation, you will need to hand in a 7-10 page paper on the topic of your presentation.  This paper should form the basis of your presentation and should be thesis-driven.  Prospective topics and presentation dates will be circulated and assigned shortly after the start of the semester.
  • 1 page abstract of your conference paper; due 14 November
  • 15 minute Conference paper (c. 8 pages); revised into a seminar paper (c. 12-15 pages).   The conference papers will be presented on 5 December, 9 am-3 pm.  The final paper is due on 12 December at 12 pm.
  • Active and enthusiastic participation in weekly seminar meetings.  You will not earn an A (or an A-) in this seminar by sitting quietly on the sidelines, regardless of the quality of your written work.  I mean this.

LAT 390 • Roman Africa

33400 • Fall 2011
Meets M 200pm-500pm WAG 10
(also listed as C C 383 )
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Required Texts (available at amazon.com and other online booksellers)

 

  • Henry Chadwick (trans.), Saint Augustine: Confessions (Oxford: Oxford World Classics, 1992).
  • Aubrey De Selincourt (trans.), Livy: The War with Hannibal (New York: Penguin Classics, 1965).
  • Leslie Dossey, Peasant and Empire in Christian North Africa (Berkeley: UC Press, 2010).
  • Robert Fagles (trans), Virgil: The Aeneid (New York: Penguin Books, 2006).
  • Serge Lancel, Carthage: A History, trans. Antonia Nevill (Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 1995).
  • Susan Raven, Rome in Africa, 3rd ed. (London and NY: Routledge, 1993).
  • Amy Richlin (trans.), Rome and the Mysterious Orient: Three Plays by Plautus (Berkeley: UC Press, 2005).
  • A.J. Woodman (trans.), Sallust: Catiline’s War, The Jugurthine War, Histories (New York: Penguin Classics, 2007).

 

 

Course Description

 

This course offers a survey of the settlement of North Africa, beginning with the purported foundation of Carthage in the late ninth century BCE (814 BCE) and concluding with the arrival of the Vandal “barbarians” in 430 AD.  Particular attention will be devoted to the centuries-long and exceedingly complex interaction of Africa with the Italian Peninsula, most especially Sicily and Rome.  The primary aim of this course is to introduce students to the wide range of evidence—material and textual—that underpins historical narratives of archaic, Punic, Roman, and Christian Africa.  Students will be encouraged to refine their skills in working with different types of historical evidence, and will be more aware of the strengths and limitations of this evidence and the kinds of research questions that it can (and cannot) answer.  There is a growing body of outstanding anthropological theory on the intricacies of colonization and cultural assimilation generally and Romanization in particular.  Though we will not be reading widely in this body of scholarship, many of the conclusions of this theoretical work will inform assigned secondary readings and our weekly discussions.  Weekly reading assignments and class discussion will emphasize specific case studies and their relevance to the larger historical narrative of North African history.  It is, however, expected that in class presentations and individual research projects will develop a topic of more limited scope in substantial depth (though not losing sight of the larger context).

 

Class meetings will be devoted to the careful translation of Latin passages; energetic discussion of assigned primary and secondary readings; and class presentations by seminar participants.  Your final grade in the seminar will be based on your performance during our weekly seminar meetings, including in-class presentations; performance on translation quizzes (for Latin students); and the quality of your written work. 

 

 

Grading Policies

 

Final grades will be determined by your performance on:

 

  • (Latin 390 students): Two 20-minute translation quizzes.  These quizzes are scheduled for 10 October and 7 November.  No make-up quizzes will be administered.
  • (CC 383 students): 5-7 page report on a Roman African inscription
  • Presentation of a secondary reading, including management of the subsequent discussion.  Your initial presentation of the article should be no more than 10 minutes and should include a brief summer of the article’s main arguments, evidence used, and your evaluation of its success.
  • Presentation on a jointly agreed upon topic.  The oral presentation should be approximately 25-30 minutes and should initiate an extended discussion.  On the day of your presentation, you will need to hand in a 7-10 page paper on the topic of your presentation.  This paper should form the basis of your presentation and should be thesis-driven.  Prospective topics and presentation dates will be circulated and assigned shortly after the start of the semester.
  • 1 page abstract of your conference paper; due 14 November
  • 15 minute Conference paper (c. 8 pages); revised into a seminar paper (c. 12-15 pages).   The conference papers will be presented on 5 December, 9 am-3 pm.  The final paper is due on 12 December at 12 pm.
  • Active and enthusiastic participation in weekly seminar meetings.  You will not earn an A (or an A-) in this seminar by sitting quietly on the sidelines, regardless of the quality of your written work.  I mean this.

LAT F323 • Ovid

82940 • Summer 2011
Meets MTWTHF 230pm-400pm WAG 112
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Prerequisites

 

You must have completed Latin 311 and 312 with a grade of C or better or the equivalent through examination; and Latin 322 with a grade of C or better.  If you have not met these prerequisites, please see me ASAP to request a waiver.  A waiver may be granted, but on a case by case basis and will be based on your previous record in Latin courses.

 

Course Description

 

Although perhaps best known as the author of the Amores or the Metamorphoses, Ovid also experimented in the epistolary genre, composing two collections of poetic love letters and several books of elegiac letters from exile in Tomis.   This course will focus on the love letters—Ovid’s single and double Heroides.  The Heroides are epistolary elegies (or elegiac epistles) composed by mythological women (and Sappho) for the lovers who have abandoned them.  In the case of the double Heroides, we have both sides of the amatory correspondence.  In these poems, we finally “hear” the voices of familiar literary women—Medea, Dido, Ariadne, Penelope—whose stories previously were told from the perspective of their male lover.  Ovid may not qualify as a feminist, but his poems are remarkable for their complex psychological characterizations.  The rhetorician Quintilian observed that, while Ovid was a talented poet, he was excessively fond of his own genius (nimius amator ingenii sui).  I leave it to you to decide whether Ovid’s elegant wit and cleverness is excessive, but there is little doubt that the poet was endowed with an ample genius.  In addition to reading large parts of the Latin text, we will also look at a selection of recent secondary articles on the Heroides.  By reading these articles, you will gain some perspective on how scholars have approached the task of interpreting these complex but satisfying letter poems.  Assignments will range from approximately 30-40 lines of Latin early in the session to 60+ lines by the end of the session.

 

C C 302 • Introduction To Ancient Rome

32175 • Fall 2010
Meets MWF 1000am-1100am WEL 1.308
(also listed as CTI 310 )
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Survey of Ancient Rome from the Iron Age to the sack of Rome by the Visigothic leader Alaric.

LAT 383 • Grad Rdng: Latin Prose

32645 • Fall 2010
Meets MW 1100am-1230pm CBA 4.346
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Latin 383 is an intensive prose reading course intended for MA students in Classics and related disciplines who wish to improve their ability to read Latin accurately and at speed.  Students should already have a firm grasp of Latin morphology and syntax as well as significant experience with Latin prose before attempting this course.  You will be expected to prepare a substantial amount of Latin for each class meeting (c. 300 lines/week).  Although the focus of the course will be on acquainting students with the several important Late Republican texts, we will also spend some time with the Imperial Latin Prose of Seneca the Elder.  Class meetings will be devoted to close translation of selected passages from the prepared assignments; detailed review of Latin syntax; and sight reading.  By the end of the semester, students will be able to read quickly and with a strong grasp of Classical Latin syntax.  Your grade will be determined by your performance on 2 midterm exams, a comprehensive final exam, and class participation.

 

Required Texts (available at The Co-op or Amazon.com)

 

  • Cynthia Damon, ed.  Nepos: Life of Atticus (Bryn Mawr Classical Commentaries, 1993).
  • John T. Ramsey, ed.  Cicero, Philippics I-II  (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003). 
  • William A. Edward, ed. Seneca the Elder: Suasoriae (Duckworth, 2002).
  • P. McGushin, ed.  Sallust: Bellum Catilinae (Duckworth, 2008).

 

**If you do not own a comprehensive Latin grammar, you should purchase one.  I strongly recommend Allen and Greenough’s New Latin Grammar, rev. Anne Mahoney (Newburyport, MA: Focus Publishing, 2001)**

 

C C 348 • Nero

32550 • Spring 2010
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm WAG 10
(also listed as EUS 346 )
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The famously fiddling Roman emperor Nero will be the subject of this course.  During the semester, we will carefully investigate Nero’s life in its larger social and historical context but also pay close attention to his reception in the medieval period and beyond.  When Nero came to power, his Roman subjects were full of optimism.  They believed that, like Augustus, he would bring a golden age to Rome.  As a young man, he was tutored by one of Rome’s pre-eminent philosophers, Seneca, and Seneca continued to advise Nero during the early years of his reign.  After a devastating fire in 64 CE, however, Nero came under attack for, among other things, his increasingly extravagant building program and reputed moral depravity.  Nero’s inglorious death in 68 CE was the culmination of a long fall from grace, though he continued to live on in the popular imagination as a depraved enemy of Christianity.  We will analyze some of the possible reasons for Nero’s decline and popularity and subsequent negative reputation.  Readings in the course will include Suetonius’ Life of Nero; Seneca’s De Clementia and Thyestes; and selections from Tacitus, Dio Cassius, and several medieval and Renaissance writers.  We will also read a range of secondary articles on such topics as Nero’s building program and watch the film Quo Vadis.  The course requirements will include several short, informal writing assignments; 2 longer essays (5-7 pages); and a substantial final paper (10-12 pages; a revised and expanded version of one of the longer essays).  There will also be two midterm exams

LAT 323 • Christian Martyrs In Roman Emp

32943 • Spring 2010
Meets TTH 330pm-500pm WAG 112
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see attached.

LAT 323 • Cicero

32950 • Spring 2010
Meets TTH 330pm-500pm WAG 112
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LAT 323 Advanced Latin II:

Reading and interpretation of prose and poetry texts at an early advanced level.

Prerequisites: Latin 322 with a grade of at least C.

C C 304C • Pagans/Christns Late Roman Emp

32635 • Fall 2009
Meets TTH 930-1100 WCH 1.120
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C C 304C Topics in the Ancient World:

An introductory survey of the highlights of Greek and Roman civilization and early Christianity. No knowledge of Greek or Latin is required.

LAT 390 • Pliny's Letters

33135 • Fall 2009
Meets W 200pm-500pm WAG 10
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LAT 390 Seminar in Classical Studies:

Selected topics in Roman studies. Topics given in recent years include Roman comedy, Pliny, and Roman fragmentary historians.

LAT 365 • Seneca

82265 • Summer 2009
Meets MTWTHF 230pm-530pm WAG 112
(also listed as LAT 385 )
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LAT 365 Seminar in Latin:

Critical study of authors such as Horace, Livy, Lucretius, and Tacitus.

Prerequisites: Latin 323 with a grade of at least C.

This course carries Writing and Independent Inquiry flags

LAT 385 • Seneca

82280 • Summer 2009
Meets MTWTHF 230pm-530pm WAG 112
(also listed as LAT 365 )
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LAT 385 Studies in Classical Latin Literature

 

C C 304C • Pagans/Christns Late Roman Emp

32005 • Spring 2009
Meets TTH 930-1100 WAG 420
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C C 304C Topics in the Ancient World:

An introductory survey of the highlights of Greek and Roman civilization and early Christianity. No knowledge of Greek or Latin is required.

LAT 323 • Cicero

32435 • Spring 2009
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm WAG 112
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LAT 323 Advanced Latin II:

Reading and interpretation of prose and poetry texts at an early advanced level.

Prerequisites: Latin 322 with a grade of at least C.

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