Roman Elegy and Lyric
LNW 3320 
Dr. Jennifer Rea
jrea@classics.ufl.edu

 
Course Description:
How do images of torture, slavery, madness, and death betray the Roman attitude towards love? What does Latin love poetry reveal to us about the social values and customs of the times? In this course you will explore the works of two key authors of the Early Empire: Propertius and Tibullus.  During our close reading of the texts we will explore how Roman cultural identity is revealed through elegy and lyric poetry.
 
Course Etiquette:
* Demonstrate respect for your classmates at all times
* Cell phones are to be set to vibrate or turned off
* Any questions or concerns about the course are to be directed first to the professor

Course Objectives/Goals:
During the course of the semester students are expected to demonstrate their ability to read and understand unadapted passages of Latin poetry.  Students are also expected to increase their knowledge of Latin grammar, forms, and syntax.  In addition to working on poetry, class discussions will include topics related to Augustan culture so that students can improve their knowledge of the social and historical milieu in which the poets lived and worked.
 
Exam, Assignment, and Class Expectations:
It is extremely difficult to be involved in the learning process unless you participate fully in class discussions.  Thus, your participation in class discussion and willingness to translate in class are especially critical.  You cannot make an effective contribution to the class if you come to class unprepared, are chronically late, or fail to attend class.  All assignments to be handed in must be submitted at the start of class on the due date.  Make-up examinations are rarely given and only for extraordinary circumstances beyond your control, such as a grave illness or family emergency. Grading will be traditional, i.e., only outstanding work will receive an A, good work will receive a B, average work a C, etc.
 
Grading:
3 non-cumulative exams 3 x 25% = 75%; Class participation (homework, quizzes, etc.) = 25%

Required Texts:
If you already have a text of Propertius with good notes, you may use it if you prefer, but I have ordered the following book (available at the University Bookstore):
 
Propertius (ed. W. A. Camps)
ISBN# 0521292107
Cambridge University Press

Schedule
August  25        Introduction
Assignment: Propertius 1.1 & 1.2

September 1
Assignment  Propertius 1.3 & 1.4

September 8     
Assignment  Propertius 1.5 & 1.6

September  15
Assignment: Propertius 1.7 & 1.8 A & B

September 
  22
Assignment: Propertius 1.9 & 1.10

<>October 6 Exam I  
Assignment: Propertius 1.11 & 1.12     

October  13   
Assignment: Propertius 1.13, & 1.14

October 20 
Assignment: Propertius 1.16 & 1.17

October  27 
Assignment: Propertius 1.18 & 1.19

<>November  3     Exam II
 
Assignment: Propertius 1.20 & 1.21

November  10
Assignment: Horace's Odes

November 17   
Assignment: Horace's Odes

November  24  
Assignment: Horace's Odes

December 1 Horace's Odes

<>December 8
Review for Exam
Exam III
  (December 10)
 
ADA Requirements:
If you have any disability or special concern, it is your responsibility to notify me at the start of the semester so that your needs may be accommodated.  You will also need to give me a letter from the Dean of Students Office indicating that you need academic accommodations.
 
Honor Code:
The following pledge is either required or implied on all work submitted for credit by University of Florida students: "On my honor, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid in doing this assignment." For a full statement of UF's Academic Honor Code see either the Undergraduate Catalog or the web site.