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  1. Primary Sources 11 items
    1. The Aeneid - C. Day Lewis, Jasper Griffin, Virgil 1998, c1986

      Book 

    2. Metamorphoses: a new verse translation - D. A. Raeburn, D. C. Feeney, Ovid c2004

      Book 

    3. Civil war - Susan H. Braund, Lucan 1992

      Book 

    4. Thebaid, books 1-7 - P. Papinius Statius, D. R. Shackleton Bailey 2003

      Book  Available through the Loeb Classical Library online resource.

    5. Thebaid, books 8-12: Achilleid - P. Papinius Statius, D. R. Shackleton Bailey, P. Papinius Statius 2003

      Book  Available through the Loeb Classical Library online resource.

    6. Punica - Tiberius Catius Silius Italicus, J. D. Duff 1934

      Book  Available through the Loeb Classical Library online resource.

    7. Loeb classical library 2014-

      Website  Use this resource for access to the recommended texts of Statius' Thebaid and Achilleid, and Silius Italicus' Punica: type the author's name and the title of the text into the 'search' box on the Loeb homepage.

    8. The Iliad - Robert Fagles, Bernard Knox, Homer 1998, c1990

      Book 

    9. The Odyssey - Robert Fagles, Homer 2006, c1996

      Book 

    10. Argonautica - William H. Race, Apollonius 2008

      Book Recommended Available through the Loeb Classical Library online resource.

    11. Res gestae divi Augusti: text, translation, and commentary - Alison Cooley, Augustus 2009

      Book 

  2. Recommended Select Modern Scholarship 16 items
    1. Lucan: an introduction - Frederick Ahl 1976

      Book Essential

    2. The poet and the prince: Ovid and Augustan discourse - Alessandro Barchiesi c1997

      Book Essential

    3. Ideology in cold blood: a reading of Lucan's Civil war - Shadi Bartsch, Askews & Holts Library Services 1997

      Book Essential

    4. The rhetoric of imitation: genre and poetic memory in Virgil and other Latin poets - Gian Biagio Conte, Gian Biagio Conte, Charles Segal 1986

      Book Essential

    5. The Roman cultural revolution - Alessandro Schiesaro, Thomas N. Habinek 1997

      Book Essential

    6. Virgil's Aeneid: cosmos and imperium - Philip R. Hardie 1986

      Book Essential

    7. The epic successors of Virgil: a study in the dynamics of a tradition - Philip R. Hardie c1993

      Book Essential

    8. Allusion and intertext: dynamics of appropriation in Roman poetry - Stephen Hinds 1998

      Book Essential

    9. Further voices in Vergil's Aeneid - R. O. A. M. Lyne 1987

      Book Essential

    10. Poetry and civil war in Lucan's Bellum Civile - Jamie Masters 1992

      Book Essential

    11. Roman poetry and propaganda in the age of Augustus - Anton Powell 1992

      Book Essential

    12. Virgil's gaze: nation and poetry in the Aeneid - J. D. Reed c2007

      Book Essential

    13. The power of images in the age of Augustus - Paul Zanker c1988

      Book Essential

  3. General: Epic and Historical/Political Contexts 18 items
    1. General Epic 6 items
      1. The Cambridge Companion to the Epic - Catherine Bates 2010 (electronic resource)

        Book Recommended

      2. Roman epic - A. J. Boyle c1993

        Book Recommended

      3. Epic interactions: perspectives on Homer, Virgil, and the epic tradition : presented to Jasper Griffin by former pupils - M. J. Clarke, Bruno Currie, R. O. A. M. Lyne, Oxford University Press 2006 (electronic resource)

        Book Recommended

      4. A companion to ancient epic - John Miles Foley, Ebooks Corporation Limited 2005 (electronic resource)

        Book Recommended

      5. Reading epic: an introduction to the ancient narratives - Peter Toohey 1992

        Book Recommended

      6. Epic in Republican Rome - Sander M. Goldberg 1995

        Book Further

    2. General: Historical/Political Contexts 12 items
      1. A companion to the Roman Republic - Ebooks Corporation Limited 2010

        Book Recommended

      2. The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Augustus - Karl Galinsky 2005 (electronic resource)

        Book Recommended

      3. A companion to the Neronian age - Emma Buckley, Martin T. Dinter 2013 (electronic resource)

        Book Recommended

      4. The end of the Roman Republic, 146 to 44 BC: conquest and crisis - C. E. W. Steel, Dawson Books c2013 (electronic resource)

        Book Recommended

      5. Remembering the Roman republic: culture, politics and history under the Principate - Andrew B. Gallia 2012

        Book Recommended

      6. Flavian Rome: culture, image, text - A. J. Boyle, William J. Dominik 2003

        Book 

      7. Nero: the end of a dynasty - Miriam T. Griffin 1984

        Book Recommended

      8. Augustan culture: an interpretive introduction - Karl Galinsky c1996

        Book Recommended

      9. Promised verse: poets in the society of Augustan Rome - Peter White 1993

        Book Recommended

  4. General: Ideology, Genre Criticism, Intertextuality, and Intratextuality 11 items
    1. Ideology and Genre Criticism 6 items
      1. Criticism and ideology: a study in Marxist literary theory - Terry Eagleton c1978, 1976

        Book Recommended

      2. Ideology: an introduction - Terry Eagleton c2007

        Book Recommended

      3. The political unconscious: narrative as a socially symbolic act - Fredric Jameson 2002, c1981

        Book Recommended

      4. A theory of literary production - Pierre Macherey c2006

        Book Recommended

      5. The Law of Genre - Jacques Derrida, Avital Ronell 1980

        Article Recommended

      6. Genres in discourse - Tzvetan Todorov 1990

        Book Recommended Chapter 2: 'The Origin of Genres', pp. 13-26, is particularly relevant.

    2. Intertextuality and Intratextuality 5 items
      1. The rhetoric of imitation: genre and poetic memory in Virgil and other Latin poets - Gian Biagio Conte, Gian Biagio Conte, Charles Segal 1986

        Book Recommended

      2. Intertextuality and the reading of Roman poetry - Lowell Edmunds c2001

        Book Recommended

      3. Allusion and intertext: dynamics of appropriation in Roman poetry - Stephen Hinds 1998

        Book Recommended

      4. Intratextuality: Greek and Roman textual relations - Alison Sharrock, Helen Morales 2000

        Book 

  5. Week 1: Genre and Criticism 10 items
    1. Preparation for the Lecture 4 items
      1. Roman poetry and propaganda in the age of Augustus - Anton Powell 1992

        Book Essential Please read Chapter 2: D.F.Kennedy, "'Augustan' and 'Anti-Augustan': Reflections on Terms of Reference" in preparation for the lecture.

      2. The power of images in the age of Augustus - Paul Zanker c1988

        Book Essential Please read Chapter 5: 'The Mythical Foundations of the New Rome', pp. 167-238 in preparation for the lecture. Available online.

    2. Further Reading 6 items
      These works build on the theoretical topics introduced in the lecture.
      1. The rhetoric of imitation: genre and poetic memory in Virgil and other Latin poets - Gian Biagio Conte, Gian Biagio Conte, Charles Segal 1986

        Book Recommended

      2. Allusion and intertext: dynamics of appropriation in Roman poetry - Stephen Hinds 1998

        Book Recommended

      3. The political unconscious: narrative as a socially symbolic act - Fredric Jameson 2002, c1981

        Book Recommended

      4. Intratextuality: Greek and Roman textual relations - Alison Sharrock, Helen Morales 2000

        Book Recommended

  6. Week 2: Vergil Aeneid 8 items
    1. Poet and Princeps: Vergil, Aeneas, and Augustus: Preparation for the Lecture 4 items
      1. Virgil's Aeneid: cosmos and imperium - Philip R. Hardie 1986

        Book Essential Please read pp. 97-110 and 336-376 in preparation for the lecture. Pp. 336-376 available online.

      2. Virgil's Augustan epic - Francis Cairns 1989

        Book Essential Please read Chapter 4, 'Concord and Discord', pp. 85-108, in preparation for the lecture. Available online.

      3. Repetition and Ideology in the Aeneid - David Quint 1989

        Article Essential Please read Quint's article in preparation for the lecture.

      4. Epic and Empire - David Quint 1989

        Article Essential Please read Quint's article in preparation for the lecture.

    2. Vergil's Aeneid: Two Voices? Preparation for the Seminar 4 items
      1. The Two Voices of Virgil's "Aeneid" - Adam Parry 1963

        Article Essential Please read Parry's article in preparation for the seminar.

      2. Roman poetry and propaganda in the age of Augustus - Anton Powell 1992

        Book Essential Please read Chapter 6: 'The Aeneid and the Embarrassments of Augustus', pp. 141-174 in preparation for the seminar. Available online.

      3. Possesiveness, Sexuality and Heroism in the 'Aeneid' - Michael C. J. Putnam 1985

        Article Essential Please read Putnam's article in preparation for the seminar.

      4. Virgil's Aeneid: interpretation and influence - Michael C. J. Putnam c1995

        Book Essential Please read Chapter 10: 'Wrathful Aeneas and the Tactics of Pietas in Virgil, Ovid, and Lucan', pp. 201-245, in preparation for the seminar.

  7. Weeks 3 and 4: Ovid Metamorphoses 6 items
    1. Week 3: Ovid's Metamorphoses: Gods Behaving Badly. Preparation for the Lecture 3 items
      1. The gods in epic: poets and critics of the classical tradition - D. C. Feeney 1991

        Book Essential Please read Chapter 5 'Ovid's Metamorphoses', pp. 188-249 in preparation for the lecture. Available online.

      2. Playing gods: Ovid's Metamorphoses and the politics of fiction - Andrew Feldherr, Dawson Books 2010

        Book Essential Please read Chapter 2, 'Wavering Identity', pp. 60-122 in preparation for the lecture.

      3. The Power of Image-Makers: Representation and Revenge in Ovid Metamorphoses 6 and Tristia 4 - Ellen Oliensis 2004

        Article Essential Please read Oliensis' article in preparation for the lecture.

    2. Week 4: Ovid's Metamorphoses: Questioning Authority. Preparation for the Lecture 3 items
      1. Ovid's Theban History: The First 'Anti-Aeneid'? - Philip Hardie 1990

        Article Essential Please read Hardie's article in preparation for the lecture.

      2. Brill's companion to Ovid - Dawson Books 2002

        Book Essential Please read Chapter 10, G. Tissol, 'The House of Fame: Roman History and Augustan Politics in Metamorphoses 11-15', pp. 305-335 in preparation for the lecture.

      3. Epic succession and dissension: Ovid, Metamorphoses 13.623-14.582, and the reinvention of the Aeneid - Sophia Papaioannou, Ebooks Corporation Limited 2005

        Book Essential Please read Chapter 2: 'Immortality and Mutability: The Sibyl and the Power of Poetic Memory', pp. 43-74, in preparation for the lecture.

  8. Weeks 5 and 7 Lucan Civil War 9 items
    1. Week 5: Poem vs. Princeps? Preparation for the Lecture 3 items
      1. Lucan: an introduction - Frederick Ahl 1976

        Book Essential Please read Chapter 1: 'The Poet and his Age', pp. 17-61 in preparation for the lecture. Available online.

      2. The Technique of Prophecy in Lucan - Bernard F. Dick 1963

        Article Essential Please read Dick's article in preparation for the lecture.

    2. Week 5 Epic Underworlds. Preparation for the Seminar 3 items
      1. Homo viator: classical essays for John Bramble - J. C. Bramble, Philip R. Hardie, Mary Whitby, Michael Whitby 1987

        Book Essential Please read R. Gordon, 'Lucan's Erictho', pp. 231-241, in preparation for the seminar. A photocopy of Gordon's chapter will be provided before Week 5.

      2. Poetry and civil war in Lucan's Bellum Civile - Jamie Masters 1992

        Book Essential Please read Chapter 6, 'Erictho', pp. 179-215 in preparation for the seminar. Available online.

      3. Lucan as "Vates" - Dolores O'Higgins 1988

        Article Essential Please read O'Higgins' article in preparation for the seminar.

    3. Week 7: No Hero for our Times. Preparation for the Lecture 3 items
      1. Ideology in cold blood: a reading of Lucan's Civil war - Shadi Bartsch, Askews & Holts Library Services 1997

        Book Essential Please read Chapter 4, 'The Will to Believe', pp. 101-130, in preparation for the lecture.

      2. Reflections of Nero: culture, history & representation - Jaś Elsner, Jamie Masters 1994

        Book Essential Please read Chapter 9, J. Masters 'Deceiving the reader: the political mission of Lucan Bellum Civile 7', pp. 151-177 in preparation for the lecture. Available online.

      3. Fighting for Rome: poets and Caesars, history and Civil War - John Graham Wilmot Henderson 1998

        Book Essential Please read Chapter 5, 'Lucan/the word at war', pp. 165-211, in preparation for the lecture. Available online.

  9. Weeks 8-9: Statius Thebaid and Achilleid 4 items
    1. Week 8: Brothers in Arms. Preparation for the Lecture 2 items
      1. The mythic voice of Statius: power and politics in the Thebaid - William J. Dominik 1994

        Book Essential Please read Chapter 4: 'Political Relevance to Contemporary Rome', pp. 130-180 in preparation for the lecture. Available online.

      2. 'Statius' Thebaid / Form Premade', Proceedings of the Cambridge Philological Society vol. 37, pp. 30-80. - J. Henderson 1992

        Article Essential Please read Henderson's article in preparation for the lecture. Available online.

    2. Week 9: Gods, Furies, and Prophets. Preparation for the Lecture 1 item
      1. Statius and Virgil: the Thebaid and the reinterpretation of the Aeneid - Randall Toth Ganiban, Ebooks Corporation Limited 2007

        Book Essential Please read Chapter 3, 'Horror, Prophecy, and the Gods', pp. 44-70, and Chapter 6, 'Dis and the Domination of Hell', pp. 117-151, in preparation for the lecture.

    3. Week 9: Statius Achilleid. Preparation for the Seminar 1 item
  10. Week 10: Silius Italicus Punica 6 items
    1. We are all Heroes: Preparation for the Lecture 3 items
      1. Flavian Rome: culture, image, text - A. J. Boyle, William J. Dominik 2003

        Book Essential Please read Chapter 17, W.J. Dominik 'Hannibal at the Gates: Programmatising Rome and Romanitas in Silius Italicus' Punica 1 and 2', pp. 469-498, in preparation for the lecture. Available online.

      2. Silius Italicus and Domitian - William C. McDermott and Anne E. Orentzel 1977

        Article Recommended Please read McDermott and Orentzel's article in preparation for the lecture.

      3. Brill's companion to Silius Italicus 2010

        Book Essential Please read Chapter 9, B. Tipping, 'Virtue and Narrative in Silius Italicus' Punica', pp. 193-218, in preparation for the lecture. Available online.

    2. Hannibal vs. Scipio: Preparation for the Seminar 3 items
      1. Silius Italicus: The Shield of Hannibal - D. W. Thomson Vessey 1975

        Article Essential Please read Vessey's article in preparation for the seminar.

      2. The Roman Hannibal: remembering the enemy in Silius Italicus' Punica - Claire Stocks 2014

        Book Essential Please read Chapter 4: Epic Models in preparation for the seminar.

      3. Eluding "Romanitas": Heroes and Antiheroes in Silius Italicus's Roman History - Efrossini Spentzou 2008

        Article Essential Please read Spentzou's article in preparation for the seminar.