Loyola University Chicago

CLST 384: The Humanism of Antiquity II

Spring Semester 2022

Thursday, 4:15pm-6:45pm
on campus: Crown 572
online: Zoom link in the Sakai site for this class
Dr. Jacqueline Long

Aeneas panel, Ara Pacis Augustae, Rome, 13-9 BC

Organization and Schedule of Reading Assignments

Roles, services, and routines


Provisional Schedule for Seminar Meetings

The dates in this plan are subject to the University's Academic Calendar and Final Exam Schedule. Details may be altered as the times demand and the University requires.
Week I
M 1/17 Martin Luther King Day: no classes
Th 1/20 Points of Reference: Classics, Humanism, and the Roman World
  • optional and less tangential than you might think:
    • Barbara McManus, "The Gendering of 'The Classics'," Classics and Feminism: Gendering the Classics, 1-19 (Twayne: 1997)
    • Genevieve Lively, "Surfing the Third Wave: Postfeminism and the Hermeneutics of Reception," in Charles Martindale and Richard F. Thomas, eds., Classics and the Uses of Reception, 55-66 (Blackwell 2006)
    • Deborah Yaffe, "The Color of Classics," Princeton Alumni Weekly, October 2021, 24-29
Week II
Th 1/27 Didactic prose: Explaining Roman Principles
  • Potter 3rd edn., pp. 8-40 (pp. 8-39 1st edn.)
  • Cato, On Agriculture (scroll from the linked text as needed to the assigned sections) preface, 1-9, 14-15, 23-39, 53-60, 61, 64-68, 74-76, 83, 88, 104, 108-112, 131-132, 134, 138-141, 142-144, 156-157 (alternatively, a connected but slightly less sound version, without notes, is available here)
  • Polybius, Histories, 1.1-4 (general preface), 6.I.2-V.18, VII.43-VIII.57 (constitutional analysis of Rome, minus the military sections), 12.VI.27-28a (comments about historical evidence), 36.V.17 (comments about historical explanation)
  • TW: enslavement, religion, political theory
  • Centering Questions
  • one, fully optional, tangent: Thomas E. Ricks, First Principles: What America's Founders Learned from the Greeks and Romans and How That Shaped Our Country (Harper: 2020)
Week III
Th 2/3 Roman Comedy
  • Potter 3rd edn., pp. 40-73 (pp. 40-70 1st edn.)
  • Plautus, Miles Gloriosus (start from Act I, Scene 1 and advance by clicking the rightward-pointing arrows)
  • Terence, The Mother-in-Law (start from the prologue and advance by clicking the rightward-pointing arrows)
  • TW: enslavement, sexual trafficking, sexual violence
  • Centering Questions
  • two fully optional tangents:
    • Roberta Stewart, Plautus and Roman Slavery (Wiley-Blackwell 2012)
    • Melvin Frank et al., A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (MGM Home Entertainment 2001; original Broadway production 1962, United Artists film 1966)
Week IV
Th 2/10 Oratory in Roman Political Life
  • Potter 3rd. edn., pp. 74-103 (pp. 70-98 1st edn.)
  • Cicero, First Oration against Catiline (in Catilinam I; start from the first paragraph and advance by clicking the rightward-pointing arrows)
  • Cicero, For Archias (pro Archia; start from the first paragraph and advance by clicking the rightward-pointing arrows)
  • Cicero, Brutus (scroll to numbered sections at the link), 1-25, 30-35, 44-72, 117-121, 251-258, 259-262, 283-299, 308-333
  • TW: politics, rhetoric, violence
  • Centering Questions
  • short optional political tangent: T. H. M. Gellar-Goad, "A Committee, a Coup, a Cruz, and a Catiline," Blog, Society for Classical Studies (12 January 2021)
Week V
Th 2/17 Revolution, Monograph, and Memorandum
  • Potter 3rd edn., pp.106-137 (pp. 100-131 1st edn.)
  • Sallust, The War with Catiline (Bellum Catilinae)
  • Caesar, Civil War (click through to numbered section, then scroll) 3.58-112
  • TW: politics, sedition, war
  • Centering Questions
  • short fully optional tangents:
    • Ayelet Haimson Lushkov, "Sallust at the Insurrection," Blog, Society for Classical Studies (5 January 2022)
    • Sarah E. Bond, "The Misuse of an Ancient Roman Acronym by White Nationalist Groups," Hyperallergic (30 August 2018)
Week VI
Th 2/24 Roman Philosophizing in the Republican Period
  • Potter 3rd edn., pp. 137-171 (pp. 132-162 1st edn.)
  • Lucretius, On the Nature of Things, Books I (all; start here and advance by clicking the rightward-pointing arrows, or navigate by the line-number links in the lefthand frame), II.1-332, III.1-93, 830-1094, IV.1-25, 823-1287, V.1-234, 416-508, 925-1240, VI.1-95, 1138-1286 (The same translation is also available at links from The Internet Classics Archive, but without line numbers; also some books break off a section or two from the end.)
  • Cicero, On the Nature of the Gods, (scroll to numbered sections or navigate by these links) Books I.1-10, 16-25, 36-44, II.1-5, 17-25, 51-53, 61-67, III.1-5, 8-11, 26-40
  • TW: religion, sex
  • Centering Questions
  • fully optional tangent: Brooke Holmes, "The Poetics of Anthropogony: Men, Women, and Children in Lucretius, Book Five," EuGeStA 4 (2014) 135-174
Week VII
Th 3/3 Lyric and Bucolic
M-Sa 3/7-12 Spring Break: pursuant to the University Calendar, no classes meet
Week IX
Th 3/17 Elegy and Heritage
  • Potter 3rd edn., pp. 210-242 (pp. 196-226 1st edn.)
  • Livy, From the Foundation of the City (ab Urbe condita), Preface and Book I (navigate to specific chapters by the sidebar links, or proceed by arrows sequentially)
  • Sulpicia, Poems 1-6
  • Propertius, (navigate to individual numbered poems by link or scroll) Book I.1-10, 20-22, Book IV.1-2, 4, 7, 9
  • Ovid, Amores, Book I (Epigram and poems 1-15: navigate to individual numbered poems by link or scroll); Fasti, (navigate to sections identified by date via links, or scroll) Book II, 15-21 February (Lupercalia, Quirinus's Day, Feralia), Book III, Introduction, 1 March (Kalends), 14-15 March (Equirria, Ides)
  • TW: cultural heritage, poetry, sexuality, transgressiveness
  • Centering Questions
  • one, fully optional, tangent: Matthew Loar, Carolyn MacDonald, Dan-el Padilla Peralta, eds., Rome, Empire of Plunder: the Dynamics of Cultural Appropriation (Cambridge UP: 2018)
Week X
Th 3/24 Mythological Epic in Augustan Rome
  • Potter 3rd edn., pp. 243-278 (pp. 226-257 1st edn.)
  • Vergil, Aeneid, Books I.1-417, 494-519, 613-694; II.1-297, 486-558, 624-804; IV.90-172, 279-449, 584-705; VII.1-147, 286-539, 783-817; VIII.102-453, 585-731; XII.113-265, 311-499, 593-952 (the text marks off subsections, with line-numbers, you can navigate to by the links, but the subtitles are completely inauthentic; if any one work is an irreplaceable touchstone of Roman culture, it is the Aeneid, so it would be ideal to read the whole epic some day when you have the chance)
  • Ovid, Metamorphoses, Books I, XIV.581-851, XV.622-745 (click through links to subsections identified by line-numbers and, again, inauthentic subtitles)
  • TW: sexuality, violence
  • Centering Questions
  • optional tangents:
    • Shelley Haley, "Be Not Afraid of the Dark: Critical Race Theory and Classical Studies," in Laura Nasrallah and Elisabeth Schuessler Fiorenza, eds., Prejudice and Christian Beginnings: Investigating Race, Gender, and Ethnicity in Early Christian Studies, 27-49 (Fortress Press 2009)
    • Sam Abgabu, "Whose Aeneid? Imperialism, Fascism, and the Politics of Reception," Blog, Society for Classical Studies (29 November 2021)
Week XI
Th 3/31 Roman Satire: Formal Verse and Menippean
  • Potter 3rd edn., pp. 278-313 (pp. 257-290 1st edn.)
  • Horace, Satires, Book I.1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 (or navigate by clicking "next" for the next satire; the subtitles are inauthentic)
  • Seneca, Apocolocyntosis
  • Juvenal, Satires 1 3, 4, 10 (or navigate by clicking "next" for the next satire; the subtitles are inauthentic)
  • TW: disability, religion, social stratification
  • Centering Questions
  • optional, consciously "uncomfortable" tangent: Sarah Bond and T. H. M. Gellar-Goad, "Foul and Fair Bodies, Minds, and Poetry in Roman Satire," in Christian Laes, ed., Disability in Antiquity 222-232 (Routledge 2017)
Week XII
Th 4/7 The Aesthetics of Excess: Neronian Literature
  • Potter 3rd edn., pp. 314-333 (pp. 290-309 1st edn.)
  • Petronius, Satyricon, chapters 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 as divided in this translation (XXVI-LXXVIII; or navigate by clicking "next")
  • Seneca, Troades
  • Lucan, Civil War (Pharsalia), Books I, VII.647-872, IX.411-1108 (alternatively, start here and navigate by the line-number links in the lefthand frame or by clicking the rightward-pointing arrows)
  • TW: enslavement, exploitation, social stratification, war
  • Centering Questions
  • fully optional tangent: Harriet Fertig, "Obligation and Devotion: Creating a New Community in Lucan's Bellum Civile," Classical Philology 113 (2018) 449-71.
Th pm - M pm 4/14-18 Easter Break: No classes (pursuant to the University Calendar, classes starting later than 4:15pm are canceled on Thursday 4/14, and classes starting 4:00pm and later are held Monday 4/18)
Week XIV
Th 4/21 History and Lives
  • Potter 3rd edn., pp. 333-357 (pp. 309-334 1st edn.)
  • Tacitus, Annals Book I (divided into five files at this website: I.1-15, I.16-30, I.31-54, I.55-71, I.72-81)
  • Suetonius, Life of Augustus (subtitles are inauthentic)
  • TW: politics, social stratification, violence
  • Centering Questions
  • one last optional tangent: Shreyaa Bhatt, "Exiled in Rome: the Writing of Other Spaces in Tacitus's Annales," in William Fitzgerald and Efrossini Spentzou, eds., The Production of Space in Latin Literature, 215-234 (Oxford UP 2018)
Week XV
Th 4/28 Oral Demonstration
  • Humanism Essay due today
Exam Week
W 5/4 Study Day: no exams till 4:15 PM
Th 5/5
Final examination: see Loyola's Final Exam Schedule.

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