Ph.D. Reading List

Reading Lists in Greek and Latin (June 1999 revision)

These works constitute the recommended preparation for the Ph.D. translation examinations. Four of the six passages on the Ph.D. translation exams are taken from these lists.

Aeschylus Oresteia
Apollonius Argonautica 3
Aristophanes Clouds, Frogs
Aristotle Poetics, Politics 1, Ethics 1
Callimachus Hymns 1, 2, 5 and 6 and Prologue to Aetia
Demosthenes Olynthiacs 1-3; 18 (De Corona); 59 (Against Neaira)
Dio Chrysostom Oratio 7 (in D. Russell, ed., CUP 1992)
Euripides Medea, Hippolytus, Bacchae
Hellenistic Poets In N. Hopkinson, ed., A Hellenistic Anthology (CUP 1988) [excluding the selections from Callimachus, Theocritus, and Apollonius]
Herodotus Books 1, 6-8
Hesiod Theogony
Homer Iliad 1-6, 9, 16, 18, 19, 22-24; Odyssey 1, 5-12, 19, 21-23
Longus Daphnis and Choloe
Lucian Verae Historiae
Lyric Poets Selections in Campbell (Greek Lyric Poetry. A Selection)
Lysias 1, 12
Menander Dyscolus
Pindar Ol. 1, 2, 7; Pyth. 1, 8 , 10; Isth. 7
Plato Apology, Crito, Symposium; Republic 1, 4 ,5, 6, 10
Plutarch Life of Cicero; Syncrisis of Demosthenes and Cicero
Sophocles Antigone, Oedipus Tyrannos, Oedipus Coloneus
Theocritus 1, 2, 7, 11
Thucydides 1; 2.34-65; 3.69-85; 5.84-116; 6; 7
Xenophon Hellenica 2; Anabasis 3; Oikonomikos 7-14

Apuleius Cupid and Psyche episode in Metamorphoses (Cupid & Psyche, E.J. Kenney, ed., CUP 1990)
Caesar De Bello Gallico 1;De Bello Civili 1; 3.82 to end
Catullus All
Cicero In Catilinam 1-2; Pro Caelio; Pro Archia; In M. Antonium 2; De Oratore 1: De Officiis 1; De Re Publica (selections in J.E.G. Zetzel's edition, CUP 1995); letters in Shackleton-Bailey's edition (Select Letters, CUP 1980)
Ennius Annals (O.Skutsch, ed.,OUP 1985); Fragments of the Tragedies (H.D. Jocelyn, ed.,CUP 1967)
Horace Odes 1-3, Satires 1 Epistles 2; Ars Poetica
Juvenal 1, 3, 6, 10
Livy Books 1; 6; 21
Lucan Book 2
Lucretius Books 1 and 3
Ovid Fasti 4; Metamorphoses 1 and 8; Amores 1
Petronius Cena Trimalchionis
Plautus Amphitruo, Casina, Menaechmi
Pliny Letters in Sherwin-White's edition (Fifty Letters of Pliny, OUP 1969)
Propertius Books 1; 4.4, 6, 8
Quintilian Book Institutio Oratoriae 10.1
Sallust Bellum Catilinae
Seneca the Elder prefaces to the Controversiae
Seneca the Younger Epistulae 51, 77, 78, 90, 114, 122; Phaedra
Statius Silvae 4
Suetonius Life of Augustus
Sulpicia Elegies = [Tibullus] 4.7-12
Tacitus Annales 1-4; Hist. 1; Agricola; Dialogus
Terence Phormio, Adelphoe
Tibullus Book 1.1, 3, 4; 2.3, 5
Vergil Eclogues, Georgics 1 & 4, Aeneid
E. Courtney The Fragmentary Latin Poets (OUP 1993)