LATIN 870 - Topics in Roman Literature
Fall 2015, Section 001 - Lucretius and Catullus
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Subject: Latin (LATIN)
Department: LSA Classical Studies
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing.
May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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In this course we will consider the major areas of comparison and contrast between Lucretius and Catullus, the two great surviving Republican Latin poets of the mid-first century BCE. Focal points of the course will include: poetic voice and persona; poetry, politics, and empire; Callimacheanism and the response to the epic tradition; attitudes toward the erotic; text and image; death and consolation. By studying these authors in tandem rather than in isolation, we will seek a broadened understanding of late-Republican poetic culture as it relates to larger social, cultural, and political issues, and of the late-Republican poet’s perceived role in exploring new dimensions of reality and the self.

Course Requirements:

Midterm, final, in-class presentations, substantial term paper.

Intended Audience:

Graduate students.

Class Format:

One three-hour seminar per week.


LATIN 870 - Topics in Roman Literature
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001 (SEM)
 In Person
Tu 3:00PM - 6:00PM
9/8/15 - 12/14/15

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