Qualifying Exams Reading Lists

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Greek Verse

MA-List

  • Homer, Iliad 1, 9, 22
  • Homer, Odyssey 1, 9, 22
  • Hesiod, Theogony
  • Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite
  • Lyric Poetry: from the edition of Campbell
    ◦ Archilochus: 1, 2, 5A, 6, 7, 60, 67a, 74, 79a, 88-94, App.
    ◦ Theognis: 19-26, 183-92, 237-54, 1197-1202
    ◦ Mimnermus: all
    ◦ Ibycus: 286
    ◦ Callinus
    ◦ Tyrtaeus: 9
    ◦ Alcman: 1
    ◦ Stesichorus: 185, Appendix 2
    ◦ Sappho: 1, 2, 16, 31, frs. 58-59 West (the New Sappho)
    ◦ Alcaeus: 34A, 38A, 42
    ◦ Solon: 3
    ◦ Anacreon: 358, 360, 395
    ◦ Bacchylides: 5
    ◦ Simonides: 531, 543, 83D, 92D
  • Pindar, Olympian 1
  • Aeschylus, Eumenides
  • Sophocles, Oedipus Tyrannus
  • Euripides, Medea
  • Aristophanes, Lysistrate
  • Menander, Dyscolus
  • Callimachus, Aitia-prologue
  • Theocritus, Idylls 1 and 11
  • Apollonius, Argonautica 3.1-575

 PhD-List (MA-List + the following texts)

  • Homer, Iliad 6, 18, 24
  • Homer, Odyssey 6, 19, 23
  • Hesiod, Works and Days
  • Pindar, Pythian 1 and 4
  • Aeschylus, Agamemnon and Choephoroi
  • Sophocles, Antigone
  • Euripides, Bacchae
  • Aristophanes, Frogs
  • Callimachus, Hymn to Apollo
  • Theocritus, Idylls 2 and 7
  • Apollonius, Argonautica 3.576-1407
  • Herondas, Mimiambi 6
  • Asclepiades, Epigrams (Sens’ edition)
  • Musaeus, Hero and Leander

Greek Prose

MA-List

  • Herodotus, 1.0-94 and 3.61-87
  • Thucydides, 1.1-23 and 3.35-85
  • Xenophon, Oeconomicus 7-15
  • Polybius, 6.3-18
  • Plato, Republic 1
  • Lysias, 12 (Ad Eratosthenem) and 2 (Epitaphios)
  • Demosthenes, Philippic 1
  • Plutarch, Alexander 1-23
  • Lucian, True History 1
  • Hippocrates: Airs, Waters, Places
  • Epigraphic Dossier
    • Attic inscriptions:
      ◦ 1) Chalkis decree (Meiggs-Lewis [=ML] 52; IG I3 40)
      ◦ 2) Brea decree (ML 49; IG I3 46)
      ◦ 3) Eleusinian first fruits decree (ML 73; IG I3 78)
      ◦ 4) Decelean phratry decrees, 396/5 BC and after (Rhodes-Osborne [=RO] 5; IG II2 1237; Syll.3 927)
      ◦ 5) Alliance between Athens and Chios, 384/3 BC (RO 20; IG II2 34; Syll.3 142)
      ◦ 6) Charter of the Second Athenian League, 378/7 BC (RO 22; IG II2 43; Syll.3 147)
      ◦ 7) Decree of the genos of the Salaminioi, 363/2 BC (RO 37; SEG 21.527)
      ◦ 8) Athens honours Spartocus et al., 347/6 BC (RO 64; IG II2212; Syll.3 206)
      ◦ 9) Ephebic oath and the oath of Plataea, mid-4th cent. BC (RO 88)
      ◦ 10) Cult of Amphiaraus at Oropus, 4th cent. BC (Syll.3 1004; IG VII 235; LSCG 69; Rhodes-Osborne 27)
    • Other inscriptions:
      ◦ 1) Burial laws from Iulis, Ceos, (IG XII.5 593 (Add. p. 332); LSCG 97), 5th cent. BC
      ◦ 2) Sacrificial calendar, month Batromios, Cos, 4th cent. BC (Syll.3 1025; Rhodes-Osborne 62A; LSCG 151)
      ◦ 3) Epidaurian iamata i-xviii (IG IV2.1 121; Syll.3 1168; Rhodes-Osborne 102), 4th cent. BC
      ◦ 4) Alexander’s letter to the Chians (Syll.3 283; Rhodes-Osborne 84)
      ◦ 5) Samos honors Boulagoras, 3rd cent. BC (SEG 1.366; Austin 132)
      ◦ 6) Amorgos honors Hegesippus and Antippapus, 3rd cent. BC (Syll.3 521; IG XII.7 386; Austin 105)
      ◦ 7) Oaths of loyalty at Itanos (Syll.3 526; Austin 108) and at Dreros (Syll.3 527; Austin 109), both 3rd cent. BC.
      ◦ 8) Introduction of Sarapis to Delos (Syll.3 663; IG XI.4 1299, lines 1-29; Austin 151), c. 200 BC
      ◦ 9) Letter of Eumenes II to Toriaion, 2nd cent. BC (SEG 47. 1745)
      ◦ 10) Letter of Augustus to Knidos, 6 BC (Syll.3 780; IG XII.3 174; RDGE 67; Sherk 103)

 PhD-List (MA-List + the following texts)

  • Herodotus, 2.1-98
  • Thucydides, 2.1-65
  • Xenophon, Agesilaus
  • [Xenophon], Old Oligarch
  • Polybius, 3.1-6 and 5.1-16
  • Plato, Phaedrus
  • Aristotle, Politics 1
  • Antiphon, 1
  • Isocrates, Euagoras
  • Dio Chrysostom, 7 (Euboicus)
  • Lucian, Alexander the False Prophet
  • Heliodorus, Aethiopica 1
  • Longus, Daphnis and Chloe 1
  • Late Antique Letters: Libanius Epp. 12, 35, 369, 493, 610, 678, 758, 760, 802, 811 (Teubner), Julian Epp. 96-98 (Budé), Synesius Epp. 5, 10, 15, 16, 81, 105, 124, 154 (Budé)

Latin Verse

MA-List

  • Catullus 1-16, 49-51, 64, 68, 76, 101
  • Horace, Satires 1.1, 4, 5, 10
  • Horace, Odes 1.1-9, 37
  • Horace, Odes 3.1-6, 30
  • Juvenal 1, 4
  • Lucan 1
  • Lucretius, De Rerum Natura 3
  • Ovid, Ars 1
  • Ovid, Met. 8
  • Ovid, Fasti 4
  • Plautus, Pseudolus
  • Propertius 1
  • Seneca, Thyestes
  • Virgil, Eclogues 1, 4, 6, 10
  • Virgil, Georgics 4
  • Virgil, Aeneid 1, 2, 4, 6

PhD-List (MA-List + the following texts)

  • Catullus, all
  • Ennius, Annales 1 frr. xxix, xlvii; 6 fr.ix; 8 fr.xii (Skutsch)
  • Horace, Satires 1
  • Horace, Odes 1 and 3
  • Horace, Ars Poetica
  • Juvenal 2, 3, 5
  • Lucretius, De rerum natura 1
  • Martial 1
  • Ovid, Tristia 1
  • Statius, Siluae 4
  • Terence, Eunuchus
  • Tibullus 1
  • Valerius Flaccus 1
  • Virgil, Eclogues all
  • Virgil, Aeneid 9, 12

Latin Prose

MA-List

  • Archaic Latin Prose (ed. Courtney)
  • Augustine, Confessions 1
  • Augustus, Res Gestae
  • Caesar, Bellum Civile 1.1-37
  • Cicero, Ad Atticum 16
  • Cicero, Philippic 2
  • Livy, Ab urbe condita pref. and Book 39.8-19
  • Petronius, Satyrica 26-78
  • Pliny the Younger, Epistulae 1
  • Sallust, Bellum Catilinae
  • Seneca, Epistulae Morales 1
  • Suetonius, Claudius

PhD-List (MA-List + the following texts)

  • Ammianus Marcellinus, Res Gestae 16.5.1-10.19
  • Apuleius, Metamorphoses 1
  • Apuleius, Pro se de magia 1-28
  • Aulus Gellius, Noctes Atticae pr; 19.1, 20.1
  • Cicero, Ad Familiares 9
  • Cicero, De re republica 6.12-33
  • Cicero, De officiis 1.1-60
  • Cicero, Pro Marcello
  • Cicero, De oratore 1.1-104
  • Fronto, Ad M. Caesarem 1.2-6
  • Livy, Ab urbe condita 5.1-23; 32-55
  • [Quintilian] Declamationes Maiores 3
  • Panegyrici Latini 12(9)
  • Passio Perpetuae
  • Seneca, Consolatio ad Helviam
  • Seneca Maior, Controversia 1.pr
  • Tacitus, Annales 4
  • Tacitus, Historiae 1
  • Tertullian, Apologeticum 1-9
  • Varro, DLL 5.1-13
  • Selections from Dessau’s Inscriptiones Latinae Selectae
    ◦ II. Imperial: 96-105; 231-36; 249-53; 320-25; 393-96; 442-47
    ◦ IV. The Senate: 1044-49; 1174-83
    ◦ V. Ordo equester: 1375-88
    ◦ VI. Familia Caesaris: 1660-70
    ◦ IX. Tituli militares: 2271-79
    ◦ XI. Tituli sacri: 3781-94; 4227-37
    ◦ XII. Ludi: 5100-08
    ◦ XIII. Opera publica: 5572-80
    ◦ XIV. Municipales 6291-96
    ◦ XVI. Opifices, artifices: 7682-7714
    ◦ XVII. Sepulchrales: 7847-61; 8186-91; 8271-86

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