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LATIN 463 A: Latin Literature of the Empire

Isis receives Io (Pompeian wall painting)
Meeting Time: 
MW 2:30pm - 4:20pm
SWS 125
Catherine M. Connors

Syllabus Description:

Latin 463: Latin Literature of the Empire     Sp 2019  MW 2:30-4:20    Prof. Connors  Office hours Thurs 2:45-4:45 and by appointment. Denny 262 

Metamorphoses in Ovid and Apuleius

To round out this year’s 461-2-3 sequence of Latin literature courses we will read selections in Latin  on the theme of transformation. The first book of Ovid's Metamorphoses  represents cosmic and individual transformations that bring Ovid's world into being. Apuleius' Metamorphoses (or The Golden Ass) tells the story of a one man's transformation into an animal and back again. Both Ovid and Apuleius explore themes of religion, storytelling and identity in ways that sometimes seem strikingly modern. We will consider Ovid and Apuleius' portrayals of the social life of the Roman empire and their uses and transformations of previous works in Latin, especially Virgil's Aeneid

Course requirements include midterm, final, short report and final project. 

Required texts: 

Ovid, Metamorphoses 1,  A. G. Lee (Bloomsbury) 

An Apuleius Reader: Selections from the Metamorphoses, Ellen D. Finkelpearl (Bolchazy-Carducci). 

The Classics Department's Latin 461, 462 and 463 courses offer a rotating selection of authors annually and can be taken more than once (up to three times, 15 credits total, for each course).  

Io being welcomed by Isis (fresco from Pompeii)


Detailed Schedule 

Mon 1 April Apuleius 1.1.1-1.2.1

Wed  3 April Apuleius 2.1.-2.2; 2.6-7; 

Mon 8 April Ovid, Met. 1.1-50

Wed 10 April Apuleius 3.1.1-3.2.5; 3.2.7-9; 3.8.1-4; 3.9.5-3.11.6

Mon 15 April Ovid Met. 1.164-252 Lycaon episode

Wed 17 April Apuleius 3.21-1-3.22.5; 3.24-26

Mon 22 April Ovid Met 1. 254-310 The Flood, 351-415 Deucalion and Pyrrha

Wed 24 April Apuleius

Mon 29 April Ovid Met 1. 438-451 The Python 452-542 Daphne

Wed 1 May Midterm exam. passages for translation and comment along with an essay question, which will be distributed in advance. 



Catalog Description: 
Readings and discussion of selected authors from the Roman Empire.
GE Requirements: 
Arts and Humanities (A&H)
Last updated: 
August 2, 2019 - 9:12pm