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LATIN 462 A: Latin Literature Of The Augustan Age

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Meeting Time: 
MW 2:30pm - 4:20pm
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Clauss with students in Rome
James J. Clauss

Syllabus Description:

Latin 462 Latin Literature of the Augustan Age

Livy and Vergil

Winter 2021

MW 2:30-4:20


Instructor: James J. Clauss, Department of Classics

Office: Denny Hall M262F (difficult to find); tel. 543-2266 (department office phone)


Office Hours: by appointment

Holidays: January 18 and February 15


Required Texts:


H.E. Gould and J.L. Whiteley, Titus Livius Book 1. Originally published by Macmillan/St. Martin’s Press 1968


  1. J. O’Hara, Vergil Aeneid 8. Focus 2018.


Goals of the Course:


In addition to reading and gaining insight into the Livy historical work Ab Urbe Condita and Vergil’s Aeneid, both important literary monuments of the Augustan age, students will enhance their knowledge of Latin morphology, grammar, syntax and style. In the case of the Aeneid, we will also look at meter (dactylic hexameter). The Loeb translations of both works are available through the UW Library.




Grades will be based on the following:


Translation in class (not graded, but everyone is expected to translate):                   20%

Midterm exam, due Feb 8 at 11:59 PM through Canvas                                           30%

Final paper (6-8 pages, double spaced, 12-point font) on topic TBA           

            due last day of class, March 10, at 11:59 PM, through Canvas                     20%

Final exam, due March 16 at 4:30 PM through Canvas                                             30%


Schedule of Readings:


                                    Monday                                  Wednesday


Week 1                        Introduction                            Livy 1.1


Week 2                        Livy 1.2-3                               Livy 1.4-5.2


Week 3                        Holiday                                   Livy 1.7 (6 in English)


Week 4                        Livy 1.9 (8 in English)           Livy 1.11-12.7 (10, rest of 12, in English)


Week 5                        Livy 1.13-14                           Livy 1.15-16


Week 6                        Midterm due; Vergil 8.1-35    Vergil 8.36-80                       


Week 7                        Holiday                                   Vergil 8.81-125


Week 8                        Vergil 8.126-174                    Vergil 8.175-212


Week 9                        Vergil 8.213-267                    Vergil 8.268-305


Week 10                      Vergil 8.306-369                    Read the rest of the book in English


Catalog Description: 
Readings and discussion of selected authors from the Augustan era.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
October 13, 2020 - 9:20am