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This list relates to the semester Semester Two 2018/19 which does not start until 01/01/2019
  1. Prescribed Texts 4 items
    These are the works by Roman authors that are studied in the class and constitute the most important reading. There is also a history of the major part of the period which will be an important source of historical context to the sources we are studying. You will need to have your own copies, and bring them to the lectures and seminars. Look at the lecture schedule to see which book will be needed on which day. A bundle is available at John Smith’s. Note: in no case should you use other editions than those specified without further consultation, as these may differ substantially from those prescribed:
    1. Political speeches - Marcus Tullius Cicero, D. H. Berry, Dawson Books 2006 (electronic resource)

      Book Essential See: Cicero 'Catilinarian Speeches'

    2. Four comedies - Titus Maccius Plautus, E. Segal 2008

      Book Essential See: Plautus 'The Brothers Menaechmus' and 'The Haunted House'

    3. Catiline's war, the Jugurthine war, Histories - A. J. Woodman, Sallust 2007

      Book Essential See: Sallust 'Catiline’s War'

    4. On the nature of the universe - Titus Lucretius Carus, Ronald Melville, Don Fowler, Peta Fowler 1997

      Book Essential See: Lucretius Book 1, lines 1-150; Book 2, lines 2, 1-66; 1022-end; Book 3, lines 1-135; 830-end; Book 4, lines 1-111; 748-end; Book 5, lines 1-180; 771-end; Book 6, lines 356-458; 647-768; 1090-end

  2. History Books 3 items
    1. The end of the Roman Republic, 146 to 44 BC: conquest and crisis - C. E. W. Steel, Dawson Books c2013 (electronic resource)

      Book Essential Not in bundle.

    2. Rome: an empire's story - Greg Woolf, Dawson Books 2012 (electronic resource)

      Book Essential Not in bundle.

    3. A companion to the Roman Republic - Ebooks Corporation Limited 2010

      Book Essential Not in bundle.

  3. Recommended general reading 5 items
    The following books are particularly useful for the course:
    1. Latin literature: a history - Gian Biagio Conte, Don Fowler, Glenn W. Most c1994

      Book Recommended

    2. A companion to Latin literature - S. J. Harrison, Dawson Books 2005 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended

    3. Political life in the city of Rome - John R. Patterson 2000

      Book Recommended

    4. A companion to the Roman Republic - Ebooks Corporation Limited 2010

      Book Recommended

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

      Book Recommended

  4. Reading schedule 19 items
    Every week, one or two chapters of one of the course’s history books are assigned for reading. This reading is intended to give you – when seen across the course – a good grounding in the historical context of the texts you are reading, the lectures you are following and the group discussions you are participating in. The themes of the chapter may not always correspond with the themes of the lectures and seminar of the week, but will give you a broader understanding of the period. All are available as e-books in the University Library (and listed under prescribed texts above).
    1. The history books are: 3 items
      1. The end of the Roman Republic, 146 to 44 BC: conquest and crisis - C. E. W. Steel, Dawson Books c2013 (electronic resource)

        Book Essential

      2. Rome: an empire's story - Greg Woolf, Dawson Books 2012 (electronic resource)

        Book Essential

      3. A companion to the Roman Republic - Ebooks Corporation Limited 2010

        Book Essential

    2. When you read the chapters, try to make your own timeline over events where you can slot in the events or texts that you encounter in the lectures and seminars. Having your own timeline will make it much easier to get a good chronological overview of the period, which is a crucial element in historical study. There is also a chronology in Steel's book (pages 254-256) and provided for some chapters of Woolf's book, which can support you in creating your own timeline and indeed support you in your reading generally.

       

       

      Please read according to the following schedule:

    3. Week 1 1 item
      1. Rome: an empire's story - Greg Woolf, Dawson Books 2012 (electronic resource)

        Book Essential See: Chapter 2: ‘Empire of the mind’ pp. 13-28 and Chapter 5: ‘Mediterranean Hegemony’, pp. 62-81

    4. Week 2 2 items
      1. Rome: an empire's story - Greg Woolf, Dawson Books 2012 (electronic resource)

        Book Essential See: Chapter 6: ‘Slavery and empire’ pp. 82-94

      2. A companion to the Roman Republic - Ebooks Corporation Limited 2010

        Book Essential See: N. Morley: ‘Social structure and demography’ - Chapter 14: pp. 299-323

    5. Week 3 2 items
      1. Rome: an empire's story - Greg Woolf, Dawson Books 2012 (electronic resource)

        Book Essential See: Chapter 7: ‘Crisis’, pp. 96-112

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

        Book Essential See: Chapter 1: ‘The crises of the later second century BC’ pp. 9-41

    6. Week 4 1 item
      1. The end of the Roman Republic, 146 to 44 BC: conquest and crisis - C. E. W. Steel, Dawson Books c2013 (electronic resource)

        Book Essential See: Chapter 4: ‘Social War, civil war and the imposition of a new order’ pp. 80-120

    7. Week 5 1 item
      1. The end of the Roman Republic, 146 to 44 BC: conquest and crisis - C. E. W. Steel, Dawson Books c2013 (electronic resource)

        Book Essential See: Chapter 2: ‘Domestic politics: violence and its accommodation’ pp. 42-61 and Chapter 5: ‘The limits of autocracy’ pp. 121-139

    8. Week 6 1 item
      1. The end of the Roman Republic, 146 to 44 BC: conquest and crisis - C. E. W. Steel, Dawson Books c2013 (electronic resource)

        Book Essential See: Chapter 6: ‘The end of the Republic, 70-44 BC’, pp. 140-210 (a longer chapter than usual but an incredibly helpful chapter for understanding the period we are going to deal with in the second half of the semester).

    9. Week 7 2 items
      1. The end of the Roman Republic, 146 to 44 BC: conquest and crisis - C. E. W. Steel, Dawson Books c2013 (electronic resource)

        Book Essential See: Chapter 7: ‘Imperial expansion: novelty and success’ pp. 211-225

      2. A companion to the Roman Republic - Ebooks Corporation Limited 2010

        Book Essential See: J.-M. David: ‘Rhetoric and public life’ - Chapter 20: pp. 421-438

    10. Week 8 2 items
      1. The end of the Roman Republic, 146 to 44 BC: conquest and crisis - C. E. W. Steel, Dawson Books c2013 (electronic resource)

        Book Essential See: Chapter 8: ‘Elite competition, popular discontent and the failure of collective government’ pp. 226-253

      2. A companion to the Roman Republic - Ebooks Corporation Limited 2010

        Book Essential See: B. Rawson: ‘Finding Roman women’ - Chapter 15: pp. 324-342

    11. Week 9 1 item
      1. Rome: an empire's story - Greg Woolf, Dawson Books 2012 (electronic resource)

        Book Essential See: Chapter 10: ‘The enjoyment of empire’, pp. 146-161

    12. Week 10 1 item
      1. A companion to the Roman Republic - Ebooks Corporation Limited 2010

        Book Essential See: N. Rosenstein: ‘Aristocratic values’ - Chapter 17: pp. 365-382

    13. Week 11 1 item
      1. No reading.

  5. Seminar Topics 26 items
    1. 1: Skills (week 3) 1 item
      1. For Part 2 (Bibliography) Read:  The Classics Handbook, available in the top section of the moodle, in particular sections 6.5 and 8.5

         

         

        Make sure that you follow the guidance for bibliographies in The Classics Handbook 6.5.4.

    2. 2: Roman Comedy and Identity (week 4) 1 item
      1. Four comedies - Titus Maccius Plautus, Erich Segal 2008

        Book Essential See: The Brothers Menaechmus and The Haunted House

    3. 3: Power (week 5) 2 items
      1. Catiline's war, the Jugurthine war, Histories - A. J. Woodman, Sallust 2007

        Book Essential You should read carefully sections 36.4-50 and section 55 (pp. 24-33 and p. 42 in Woodman’s translation).

      2. The Oxford classical dictionary - Simon Hornblower, Antony Spawforth, Esther Eidinow c2012

        Book Further

    4. 4: Rhetoric in action (week 7) 7 items
      1. Political speeches - Marcus Tullius Cicero, D. H. Berry, Dawson Books 2006 (electronic resource)

        Book Essential See: pp.193-203

      2. Catiline's war, the Jugurthine war, Histories - A. J. Woodman, Sallust 2007

        Book Essential See: pp. 33-42

      3. You may find the following secondary sources helpful on rhetoric: 5 items
        1. A companion to Roman rhetoric - Askews & Holts Library Services 2007

          Book Further See: especially chapters 1, 2 and 8

        2. Ancient rhetoric and oratory - Thomas N. Habinek, Askews & Holts Library Services 2005

          Book Further

        3. The art of rhetoric in the Roman world, 300 B.C.-A.D. 300 - George Alexander Kennedy 1972

          Book Further

        4. In defence of rhetoric - Brian Vickers, Oxford University Press 1988 (electronic resource)

          Book Further See: pp. 1-82

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          Bibliography on the Catilinarians is available in the course bibliography on Moodle2.

    5. 5: Family (week 8) 7 items
      1. Please read carefully the so-called Laudatio Turiae (also available on moodle in the weekly section > week 8)

        Laudatio Turiae - link to text

        Paste the following link: http://www.u.arizona.edu/~afutrell/survey/laud%20tur.htm

      2. You may find the following secondary sources helpful: 6 items
        1. Caesar's legacy: civil war and the emergence of the Roman Empire - Josiah Osgood 2006

          Book Further See: pp. 62-107.

        2. The so-called Laudatio Turiae: introduction, text, translation, commentary - Erik Karl Hilding Wistrand 1976

          Book Further

    6. 6: Epicureanism in Rome (week 9) 1 item
      1. Read Cicero, De Republica 1, Sections I-X

        The text is available on Moodle in the weekly section (> Week 9) in both .docx and .pdf versions. You can also read the Loeb translation online through the library catalogue. Search for 'Loeb Classical Library', then when you have logged into their webstie using your GUID, type 'Cicero De Republica' into the search box.

    7. 7: The fall of the Roman Republic (week 10) 7 items
      1. The Annals - Tacitus

        Document Essential See: Annals 1.1-3

      2. A companion to the Roman Republic - Ebooks Corporation Limited 2010

        Book Essential See: Chapter 29, pp. 625-37.

      3. Helpful reading: 5 items
        1. The fall of the Roman Republic and related essays - P. A. Brunt 1988

          Book Further See: Chapter 1, pp. 1-92, available via the Online Resource button.

        2. Reconstructing the Roman republic: an ancient political culture and modern research - Karl-Joachim Hölkeskamp, Henry Heitmann-Gordon, Dawson Books 2010

          Book Further See: Chapter 3 which discusses Meier's set-up, pp. 23-43.

        3. The last generation of the Roman Republic - Erich S. Gruen c1974

          Book Further See: Conclusion, pp. 498-507.

        4. Roman republics - Harriet I. Flower, Askews & Holts Library Services 2010

          Book Further See: Introduction, pp. 3-17.