LATIN 401 - Republican Prose
Fall 2022, Section 001 - Sallust
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Latin (LATIN)
Department: LSA Classical Studies
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Waitlist Capacity:
Advisory Prerequisites:
LATIN 301 or 302 or permission of instructor.
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May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit(s).
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Start/End Date:
Full Term 8/29/22 - 12/9/22 (see other Sections below)
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We’ll read Sallust’s Bellum Catilinae, a historical monograph that captures ancient Rome at a particularly fraught moment: the attempted violent overthrow of the government in the waning years of the Republic. Sallust’s portrait of Catiline, the lead conspirator, as a model of depravity is unforgettable. Sempronia makes a brief but memorable appearance as a “well positioned” and “liberated” woman. The monograph builds toward a rhetorical contest with Cato and Caesar taking opposing sides on the fate of the conspirators: should they get the death penalty or not? The denouement comes with the fall of Catiline, depicted by Sallust as arrogant even in death. From start to finish, the Bellum Catilinae is a compelling example of history as drama, not least because of the author’s prose style: whereas many historians favored amplitude, symmetry, and balance in their writing, with Sallust we find concision, variation, abruptness, and the occasional off-kilter expression. The strangeness of translating Sallust has its rewards in the author’s vivid account of the Catilinarian conspiracy.

Course Requirements:

Three translation assessments and an essay (tentative plan).

Intended Audience:

Students who have completed Latin 301 or the equivalent of Latin 301.

Class Format:

Two meetings per week for translation and discussion.


LATIN 401 - Republican Prose
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001 (REC)
 In Person
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
8/29/22 - 12/9/22

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