Ph.D. Reading List

Purpose

To provide the student with an organized program of steady reading in Latin and Greek in order to improve and perfect the command of the languages.

Timing

It is expected that the student will finish reading the list by the end of the second year of the Ph.D. program. The list is designed to be manageable if the student maintains a regimen of daily reading.

Examinations

At the end of the winter term of the second year and no later than the beginning of the fall term of the third year, the student is expected to take two Qualifying Examinations, one in Greek and one in Latin. Each examination will consist of a total of four passages. Three passages will be taken from the reading list, one will NOT be from the list.

Latin Reading List

Apuleius

Cupid and Psyche

Augustine

Confessions 5

Augustus

Res Gestae

Cato

De Agricultura 1-5

Catullus

all

Cicero

Philippic II; Pro Caelio; De Oratore I; Pro Lege Manilia; Somnium Scipionis

Horace

Odes Books I-III; Sat. I, 1, 4, 10; Ars Poetica

Juvenal

3, 4, 10

Livy

Book I, Book V

Lucan

Bellum Civile II

Lucretius

Book I

Ovid

Met. XIII; Amores I; Heroides 1, 9

Petronius

Cena Trimalchionis

Plautus

Amphitryo; Menaechmi

Propertius

Book I; Book III 1-5

Sallust

Catiline

Seneca

Thyestes; De Ira I; Ad Lucilium 51, 56, 114

Statius

Silvae 2.7

Suetonius

Claudius

Tacitus

Annales Books 1, 14; Historiae I; Dialogus de Orat.

Terence

Eunuchus

Virgil

Aeneid; Eclogues (all); Georgics IV

Greek Reading List

Aeschylus

Agamemnon; Eumenides

Apollonius

Argonautica III

Aristophanes

Acharnians, Frogs

Aristotle

Poetics; Politics I

Callimachus

Aetia I, 1-2; epigrams; Baths of Pallas

Demosthenes

On the Crown

Euripides

Medea; Orestes; Helen

Gorgias

Helen

Greek Lyric

Campbell's selections of Archilochus, Alcman, Stesichorus, Solon,Sappho, Alcaeus,Xenophanes, Anacreon, Simonides, Bacchylides

Herodotus

Book I; VII. 1-155;  IX

Hesiod

Theogony 1-964; Works and Days

Homer

Iliad, Books 1, 2 (1-483), 3, 6, 9, 16, 18, 22, 24; Odyssey, Books 8-12, 19, 23-24; Hymn to Aphrodite

Isocrates

Helen

Lucian

Timon

Lysias

I, VII, XII

Menander

Samia

Pindar

Olymp. 1, 2, 7; Pyth. 1, 2, 8; Nem. 7

Plato

Republic 1; Gorgias; Plato on Poetry (ed. Murray)

Sophocles

Antigone; Oedipus the King

Theocritus

I, II, VII, XI, XV

Thucydides

Books I-II, III 1-83, VI

Xenophon

Oeconomicus

 

Please note that additional study materials can be found in the Resources folder of the "Classics Tools" CTools site accessible to all current students.