Reading List

All Classics and Classical Studies majors are expected to have read (in English) and be familiar with the following works for their senior Comprehensive Examination. (For the .pdf version of the Reading List, click here.)


GREEK AUTHORS and Recommended Translations

Homer:  Iliad, tr. Lattimore (Chicago)

             Odyssey, tr. Lattimore (Harper)

Aeschylus: Oresteia, tr. Lattimore (Chicago) or Lloyd-Jones (California)

Sophocles:  Oedipus Tyrannus, Antigone, Oedipus Coloneus, tr. Grene and Lattimore, eds. (Chicago)

Euripides: Medea, Bacchae, Ion, tr. Grene and Lattimore, eds. (Chicago)

Aristophanes: Clouds, tr. West & West in Four Texts on Socrates (Cornell)

Birds, tr. Arrowsmith in Aristophanes: Three Comedies, Arrowsmith, ed. (Michigan)

Frogs, tr. Lattimore in Aristophanes: Four Comedies,  Arrowsmith, ed. (Michigan)

Herodotus: Histories, tr. de Selincourt/Marincola (Penguin)

Thucydides: Peloponnesian War, (The Landmark Thucydides) tr. Crowley, ed. Strassler (Free Press)

Plato:  Republic, tr. Bloom (Basic Books)

            Apology, tr. West and West in Four Texts on Socrates (Cornell)

            Symposium tr. Benardete in The Dialogues of Plato, Segal, ed. (Bantam)

Aristotle: Poetics, tr. Janko (Hackett)

Nicomachean Ethics, tr. Ostwald (Bobbs-Merrill)

Politics, tr. Lord (Chicago)


LATIN AUTHORS and Recommended Translations

Plautus: Miles Gloriosus and Menaechmi, tr. Segal (Oxford)

Terence:  Adelphoe and Mother-in-Law, tr. Berg (Hackett)

Lucretius: De Rerum Natura, tr. Melville (Oxford)

Sallust:  Conspiracy of Catiline, tr. Handford (Penguin)

Cicero:  Republic I, tr. (Loeb)

              Pro Caelio, tr. Grant (Penguin)

             1st Catilinarian, tr. Grant (Penguin)

Catullus: Carmina, tr. Martin (Johns Hopkins) or Lee (Oxford)

Vergil:  Aeneid, tr. Mandelbaum (Bantam)

Horace: Odes 1-3, tr. West (Oxford)

Livy:  Books I-V, XXI, and XXII tr. de Selincourt (Penguin)

Ovid:  Metamorphoses, tr. Melville (Oxford)

Seneca:  Thyestes, tr. Fitch (Loeb)

                On Anger, Cooper and Procope (Cambridge)

Petronius: Satyricon, tr. Arrowsmith (Meridian)

Lucan:  Civil War, tr. Joyce (Cornell)

Juvenal: Satires, tr. Green (Penguin) or Rudd (Oxford)

Tacitus: Annals, tr. Woodman (Hackman)

Apuleius: Golden Ass, tr. Lindsay (Indiana)

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