Master of Arts in Greek or Latin | PhD in Classics |

PhD with a Historical Emphasis | PhD in Classical and Medieval Latin

The graduate examinations for the MA in Greek and Latin and for the PhD in Classics, Classics with Historical Emphasis, and Classical and Medieval Latin are based to a large extent on the reading list for that degree program.  These are lists of Greek and Latin texts that students are expected to read in the original language.  The passages on the translation examinations are taken from the texts on the reading list, and the questions on the literature examination focus on the authors on the reading list.  Especially for the PhD exams, students are expected to supplement the reading list by reading in English translation as much as possible of works appropriate to their specific degree program, including other sections of works on the reading list, other works by the same author, and related works by other authors.

Master of Arts in Greek or Latin

Greek

Homer Iliad 1, 9, 16, 22, 24; Odyssey 1, 6, 9, 19, 23
Hesiod Theogony
Lyric Poetry Campbell’s selection of Solon, Sappho, and Simonides
Sophocles Oedipus Tyrannus
Euripides Bacchae
Aristophanes Frogs
Herodotus 1.1-130, 3.1-87
Thucydides 1, 2.34-65
Plato Apology, Republic 2
Aristotle Poetics
Lysias 12
Demosthenes 3rd Philippic
Theocritus Idyll 15

Latin

Plautus Menaechmi
Terence Adelphoe
Lucretius Book 1
Catullus Entire
Cicero In Catilinam 1 and 4, Pro Caelio, Stockton’s Thirty-Five Letters
Caesar de Bello Gallico 1
Sallust Catilina
Vergil Aeneid 1-6
Horace Odes, Book 1
Ovid Metamorphoses 1, Amores 1, Ars Amatoria 1
Tibullus Book 1
Propertius Book 1
Livy Books 1 and 21
Seneca Epistulae Morales 47
Petronius Cena Trimalchionis
Tacitus Annals 1 and 14, Agricola
Lucan Book 1
Juvenal Satires 1, 3, 10

PhD in Classics

Greek

Homer Iliad 1-3, 6, 9, 16, 18, 22-24; Odyssey 1, 5-6, 9, 11-12, 19, 21-23
Hesiod Theogony, Works and Days* 1-662
Lyric & Elegy David Campbell’s selection of Archilochus, Tyrtaeus, Alcman, Solon, Sappho, Alcaeus, Anacreon, Xenophanes, Simonides, and Theognis
Pindar Olympians 1, 7, 14; Pythians 1, 8, 10; Nemean 5, Isthmian 5
Aeschylus Agamemnon*, Choephoroi, Eumenides*
Sophocles Antigone*, Oedipus Rex*, Philoctetes
Euripides Medea*, Hippolytus, Bacchae*
Herodotus 1.1-130*, 3.1-87, 7.1-58*, 8.18-99
Aristophanes Clouds*, Birds, Frogs*
Presocratics The selection of Anaximander, Heraclitus, Empedocles, and Democritus included by Kirk, Raven, and Schofield in The Presocratic Philosophers
Thucydides 1*, 2.34-65*, 3.35-85, 5.26, 84-116*, 6.8-32.3, 7.84-87*
Lysias 12
Plato Apology, Republic 2 and 10, Symposium, Phaedrus
Xenophon Hellenica 1-2.2
Aristotle Poetics, Nicomachean Ethics 1, Rhetoric 1
Demosthenes On the Crown, Philippics 3*
Menander Dyscolus
Apollonius Argonautica 3.1-298, 439-470, 616-1162
Theocritus 1, 7, 11, 15
Callimachus Hymn 2, Aetia Frs. 1-2, 67-75, 110
Longinus On the Sublime
Plutarch Pericles
Inscriptions Meiggs and Lewis, Greek Historical Inscriptions, Nos. 1, 5, 23*, 27, 52, 73
Hellenistic In Long and Sedley, The Hellenistic Philosophers, the section on Stoic Philosophers’ ethics

Latin

Livius Andronicus Fragments
Naevius Longer fragments
Ennius Longer fragments
Pacuvius Longer fragments
Plautus Menaechmi
Terence Adelphoe
Lucretius Books 1 and 5
Catullus All
Cicero Catilinarians 1* and 4*, Pro Murena, Pro Caelio*, De Officiis 1, De Oratore 1, Brutus*, Stockton’s Thirty-Five Letters*
Caesar Civil War 1, Gallic War 1 and 6
Sallust Catiline
Vergil Eclogues, Georgics 1 and 4, Aeneid*
Horace Satires 1, Odes (all), Epistles 2, Ars Poetica
Ovid Ars Amatoria 1, Metamorphoses 1* and 5*, Amores 1, Tristia 4.10*, Heroides 1, 3, and 7
Tibullus Book 1
Propertius Book 1
Livy Books 1*, 21*, and 22
Augustus Res Gestae Divi Augusti
Lucan Book 1
Seneca Phaedra, Epistles 40, 47, 77, 79, 88, 90, 114
Petronius Cena Trimalchionis
Martial Book 1, epigrams in Post (1-4, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 16, 20, 25, 27, 29, 32, 33, 38, 41-43, 47, 53, 61, 66, 70, 72, 75, 76, 79, 85, 88, 89, 93, 98, 100, 102, 103, 107, 109, 113, and 117)
Quintilian Book 10, ch.1 and 2; Book 12, preface and ch.1 and 10
Tacitus Annals 1*, 14*, and 15, Agricola, Histories 1*
Pliny the Younger 5.10, 6.16 an 20*, 10.96* and 97*
Juvenal Satires 1*, 3, 7, and 10
Suetonius Nero
Apuleius Metamorphoses 1
Augustine Confessions 3 and 8*

 

PhD with a Historical Emphasis

Greek

Homer Iliad 1, 2, 6, 9, 16, 18, 22, 24; Odyssey 1, 2, 7, 11, 19, 22
Hesiod Works and Days
Lyric & Elegy David Campbell’s selection of Archilochus, Tyrtaeus,
Alcman, Solon, Sappho, Alcaeus, Anacreon,
Xenophanes, Simonides, and Theognis
Pindar Olympians 1, 7, 14; Pythians 1, 8, 10; Nemean 5, Isthmian 5
Aeschylus Agamemnon, Persians
Sophocles Antigone, Oedipus Rex
Euripides Medea, Trojan Women*
Aristophanes Acharnians, Wasps*
Herodotus 1.1-130, 3.1-87, 5.28-96, 6.94-120, 7-8
Thucydides 1, 2.1-65, 3, 5.26, 84-116, 6.1-32.3, 7.84-87*
Lysias 12
Plato Apology*, Crito, Republic 2 and 8, Gorgias*
Xenophon Anabasis 1, Hellenica 1-2*
Aristotle Constitution of the Athenians*, Politics 1
Demosthenes Philippics 1-3, On the Crown
Isocrates Panegyricus
Xenophon Constitution of the Athenians
Polybius 6
Plutarch Pericles, Cicero
Appian Bellum Civile 1
Herodian 7
Dio Cassius 48, 53
Inscriptions Meiggs and Lewis, Greek Historical Inscriptions, Nos. 1, 5, 23, 27, 39, 52, 73

Latin

Plautus Menaechmi
Terence Adelphoe
Lucretius Book 1
Catullus 1-17, 29*, 51, 57*, 64, 101
Cicero Catilinarians*, Pro Caelio*, De Imperio Cn. Pompei*, De Re Publica*, Stockton’s Thirty-Five Letters*, Second Philippic*, De Officiis 1
Caesar Civil War 1 and 3, Gallic War 1 and 6
Sallust Catiline, Jugurtha, major fragments
Vergil Eclogues 1 and 9, Aeneid 1-8, 12 (1*, 6*, and 8* are core)
Horace Satires, Books 1 and 2, Odes, Books 1 and 3
Ovid Ars Amatoria 1
Livy Books 1, 5, 21, 22, and 30
Augustus Res Gestae Divi Augusti
Lucan Books 1 and 7
Seneca Any five letters, Apocolocyntosis*
Petronius Cena Trimalchionis
Tacitus Agricola, Germania, Histories 1 and 3, Annals 1, 4, 11, 14, and 15
Pliny the Younger Book 10* (all), other letters in Sherwin-White, Fifty Letters
Martial Any 25 epigrams
Juvenal Satires 1, 3, and 4
Suetonius Julius*, Augustus*, Nero, and Vespasian
Historia Augusta Hadrianus*
Ammianus 14, 16.1-10, 25.1-4
Inscriptions Laudatio Turiae, S.C. de Pisone, Lex de Imperio Vespasiani, S.C. de Bacchanalibus

PhD in Classical and Medieval Latin

Classical Latin

Livius Andronicus Fragments
Naevius Longer fragments
Ennius Longer fragments
Pacuvius Longer fragments
Plautus Menaechmi
Terence Adelphoe
Lucretius Books 1 and 5
Catullus All
Cicero Catilinarians 1* and 4*, Pro Murena, Pro Caelio*, De Officiis 1, De Oratore 1, Brutus*, Stockton’s Thirty-Five Letters*
Caesar Civil War 1, Gallic War 1 and 6
Sallust Catiline
Vergil Eclogues, Georgics 1 and 4, Aeneid*
Horace Satires 1, Odes (all), Epistles 2
Ovid Ars Amatoria 1, Metamorphoses 1* and 5*, Amores 1, Tristia 4.10*, Heroides 1, 3, and 7
Tibullus Book 1
Propertius Book 1
Livy Books 1*, 21*, and 22
Augustus Res Gestae Divi Augusti
Lucan Book 1
Seneca Phaedra, Epistles 40, 47, 77, 79, 88, 90, 114
Petronius Cena Trimalchionis
Martial Book 1, epigrams in Post (1-4, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 16, 20, 25, 27, 29, 32, 33, 38, 41-43, 47, 53, 61, 66, 70, 72, 75, 76, 79, 85, 88, 89, 93, 98, 100, 102, 103, 107, 109, 113, and 117)
Quintilian Book 10, ch.1 and 2; Book 12, preface and ch.1 and 10
Tacitus Annals 1*, 14*, and 15, Agricola, Histories 1*
Pliny the Younger 5.10, 6.16 an 20*, 10.96* and 97*
Juvenal Satires 1*, 3, 7, and 10
Suetonius Nero
Apuleius Metamorphoses 1
Augustine Confessions 3 and 8*

Medieval Latin

Biblia Sacra (ed. R. Weber) Ecclesiastes, Liber Psalmorum, Evangelium Marci
Augustine Confessions (at least 1, 8, and 10); De Civitate Dei 19, De Doctrina Christiana 4 (all in Corpus Christianorum = C.C.)
Jerome Epistolae 14, 22, 104, and 105 (ed. J. Labourt)
Macrobius In Somnium Scipionis (ed. J. Willis)
Prudentius Cathemerinon, Praefatio & 9, Psychomachia, vv. 107-177 and 800-end, Itinerarium Egeriae (C.C.)
Boethius De Consolatione Philosophiae, Books 1 and 3 (C.C.)
Cassiodorus Institutiones 2 (ed. Mynors)
Benedict Regula (ed. de Vogue)
Gregory the Great Dialogi 2 (ed. de Vogue)
Gregory of Tours Historia Francorum 5 (Monumenta Germaniae Historica = M.G.H.)
Venantius Fortunatus Carmina 3.2 and Book 7 (M.G.H.)
Bede Historia Ecclesiastica 3 (edd. Colgrave and Mynors)
Alcuin Carmina 1 and 45 (M.G.H.)
Einhard Vita Karoli Magni (M.G.H.)
Lupus of Ferrieres Epistolae 1 and 133 (ed. L. Levillain), Waltharius (M.G.H.)
Hrosvitha Paphnutius or Abraham (M.G.H. or ed. H. Homeyer)
Liutprand Antapodosis 5 (M.G.H.)
Carmina Cantabrigiensia 9-11, 24, 27, 40, and 48 (M.G.H.)
Anselm Proslogion (ed. F. Schmitt)
Hildebert Carmina Minora 22, 36, 38 (ed. A.B. Scott)
Hugh of St. Victor Didascalicon (ed. C.H. Buttimer)
Abelard Historia Calamitatum (ed. J. Monfrin)
Suger Vita Hlodovici (ed. H. Wacquet)
Bernard of Clairvaux Sermo super Cantica 26, De Diligendo Deo (ed. J. Leclercq)
Bernardus Silvestris Cosmographia (ed. P. Dronke)
John of Salisbury Metalogicon 2 or Policraticus 5 (ed. C. Webb)
Alanus ab Insulis De Planctu Naturae (ed. N. Haring, Studi Medievali 3, 19 (1978) pp. 806-831)
Carmina Burana 1.1 (all), 3.227 (Ludus de Antichristo) (edd. Hilka, Schumann, and Bischoff)
One book of a medieval historian, for example:
Adam of Bremen Gesta Episcoporum 4 (M.G.H.)
William of Malmesbury Historia Regum 4 (ed. W. Stubbs)
Ordericus Vitalis (ed. M. Chibnall)
Lampert of Hersfeld Annales (M.G.H.)
Otto of Freising De Duabus Civitatibus (M.G.H.)
Giraldus Cambrensis Topographia Hiberniae (ed. A.B. Scott)