COURSE GOALS


Close readings of a selection of Ovid's texts, with emphasis on the Metamorphoses, Amores and Ars Amatoria

 

Study of Ovid's treatment of issues pertaining to the city and community in Augustan Rome

 

Discussion of the ways in which modern scholars have addressed these issues.


DATES TO SCHEDULE

Exams:  February 13th, March 13th & April 24st

 

Paper Deadlines:  Rough Draft Due March 20th

                             Final Draft Due April 17th


STUDENT EXPECTATIONS


Class Discussions

As a member of this seminar you are expected to arrive on time and be prepared to engage in a thoughtful, informed, and critical discussion of the primary and secondary readings. 

 

Written Assignments

You must acknowledge that there is room in your work for improvement and be prepared to develop your own critical skills by contributing constructively during discussions of your classmates' writing and your own.

 

Attendance Policy

Regular Attendance and active participation are mandatory.

More than one absence will cause your final grade to be penalized severely. 

Tardiness will count as half an absence. 

 

GRADING WILL BE AS FOLLOWS:  PAPER 20%; TESTS 60%; CLASS PARTICIPATION 20%


SYLLABUS

(All assignments are to be completed by the following week):

 

January 13- January 23, 2006

Introduction + The Golden Age

 

Primary Texts: Metamorphoses Book 1 + 4.604-5.249 (Perseus)

 

Secondary Readings:

Cambridge: "Ovid and Early Imperial Literature" and "Ovid and Empire"

Brill: "Ovid and the Augustan Milieu"

 

Assignment: 

Write 3-5 typed pages on the following question: How does Perseus serve as a model of the Golden Race?  A copy of this paper is due in my box by 11am on Friday, January 20, 2006.  Bring a copy to class as we will be discussing this topic.

 

January 30-February 13, 2006

Myths of Descent and Foundation Stories

 

Primary Texts: Metamorphoses Book 15 + 3.1-137 (Cadmus) + 7.615-660 (Myrmidones)

 

Secondary Readings:

Cambridge: "Metamorphosis in the Metamorphoses"

Brill: "The House of Fame: Roman History and Augustan Politics in Metamorphoses 11-15" and "Narrative Techniques and Narrative Structures in the Metamorphoses"

 

Assignment: 

Write 3-5 typed pages on the following question: How does Ovid depict the Julian myth of descent?  A copy of this paper is due in my box by 11am on Monday, February 6, 2006.  Bring a copy to class as we will be discussing this topic.


February 13, 2006
Exam I 


February 20-March 20, 2006

Who Wrote the Book of Love?
 

Primary Texts: Ovid's Amores  I .1-15


Secondary Readings:
Brill: "The Amores:  The Invention of Ovid" 
Cambridge: "Ovid and the discourses of love: the amatory works" and "Ovid and genre: evolutions of an elegist"

M. Buchan "Ovidius Imperamator: Beginnings and  Endings of Love Poems and Empire in the Amores"  Arethusa 28.1 (1995) 53ff.

Ovid for Beginners


March 13, 2006
Exam II

March 20, 2006
Rough Draft of Paper Due
Bring 5-7 pages to class for peer editing workshop
Oral Latin
Reading: Miller's ANRW article on Callimachus and Ovid

Ovid Bibliography 1

Ovid Bibliography 2


March 27-April 24th

<>Flirting With Disaster, Ovid Style (Ars Amatoria)


March 27, 2006

Oral Latin
Ars Amatoria I

April 3, 2006

Writing Conferences
Drafts of Papers Due in my mailbox by 10 am


April 10, 2006

Oral Latin

Ars Amatoria I


April 17, 2006

Final Draft of Paper Due
Oral Latin
Ars Amatoria I


April 24, 2006

Final Exam