COMMON READING LIST

Each semester, the department offers prepared translation exams based on the following lists.

 

GREEK

  • Aeschylus, Agamemnon, Eumenides
  • Apollonios, Argonautica Book III
  • Aristophanes, Clouds, Frogs
  • Aristotle, Poetics, Nicomachean Ethics 1
  • Callimachus, Hymns 2, 5, Aetia frgt 1-2 Pfeiffer, Epigrams
  • Demosthenes, Philippics 1-3
  • Euripides, Medea, Bacchae
  • Gorgias, Helen
  • Herodotus, 1
  • Hesiod, Theogony all; Works and Days 1-335
  • Homer, Iliad 1, 6, 9, 16, 18-22, 24; Odyssey 1, 5-12, 18-23
  • Homeric Hymn 5 To Aphrodite
  • Isocrates, Helen, Evagoras
  • Longus, Daphnis and Chloe
  • Lucian, Icaromenippus, Zeus Refuted
  • Lyric Selections as in Campbell ed. Greek Lyric Poetry
  • Lysias, Oration 12
  • Menander, Samia
  • Pindar, Olympian 1, 6; Pythian 1, 2, Nemean 7
  • Plato, Republic II-III, Symposium
  • Plutarch, Life of Pericles
  • Sophocles, Antigone, Oedipus the King
  • Theocritus, Idylls 2,7,11
  • Thucydides, Histories 1.1-22,  2.34-65, 5. 84-115, 6.8-32, 7. 72-87
  • Xenophon, Memorabilia I

 

LATIN

  • Apuleius, Cupid and Psyche
  • Caesar, Bellum Gallicum 1
  • Catullus, entire
  • Cicero, Pro Archia; Pro Caelio; Catilinarians 1-4; De oratore 1; Somnium Scipionis; Tusculan Disputations 5; Letters (nos. 3, 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 18, 19, 20, 23, 25, 26, 27, 29, 31, 32, 33, 34, 37, 38, 42, 43, 44, 61, 63, 66, 67, 69, 74, 76 in Shackleton-Bailey, ed., Selected Letters)
  • Horace, Odes 1-4; Satires 1.1, 4-6, 9, 10, 2.6; Epodes 1, 16; Epistles 2; Ars Poetica
  • Juvenal, Satires 1, 3, 6, 10
  • Livy, Histories 1, 5, 21
  • Lucan, Pharsalia 1, 7
  • Lucretius, De Rerum Natura 1, 3, 4.1058-end, 5.772-1457
  • Martial, Epigrams 2.8, 14, 20, 77, 91, 92; 3.2; 4.30, 67, 72; 6.21, 64; 7.36; 8.55; 9.18; 10.4, 5, 47, 64; 12.15, 18, 31, 57 (= nos. 1-22 in L. and P. Watson, eds., Martial: Select Epigrams (Cambridge)).
  • Ovid, Amores 1; Ars Amatoria 1; Heroides 1; Metamorphoses 1, 8; Tristia 2
  • Petronius, Cena Trimalchionis
  • Plautus, Amphitruo; Bacchides
  • Pliny, Letters (nos. 3, 5, 6, 14, 17, 19, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 38, 40, 47, 48 in Sherwin-White, ed., Selected Letters)
  • Propertius, Elegies 1, 3.1-5, 4
  • Quintilian, Institutio 10.1
  • Sallust, Bellum Catilinae
  • Seneca, Consolatio ad Helviam; Epistles (nos. 5, 7, 18, 77, 88.1-20, 114 in Summers' edition); Apocolocyntosis; Thyestes
  • Statius, Siluae 1.1, 1.5, 1.6, 2.7
  • Tacitus, Histories 1; Annals 4; Agricola; Dialogus de oratoribus
  • Terence, Adelphoe
  • Tibullus, Elegies 1, 2.5
  • Virgil, entire