CLCS 331/ENGL 262 Syllabus Spring 2009 Survey of Latin Literature (CLCS 331/ENGL 262) 11:30-12:30 MWF University Hall 317 Professor Antonia Syson Contact Information: email@example.com (please try to use informative subject headings in emails) cell: 773 732 8381 for urgent problems office hours: Monday 2:30-3:20; Wed 12:30-1:20 and by appointment Stanley Coulter 123, which is behind the main FLL office. T.A.: Becky Adamski firstname.lastname@example.org Office hours: Monday 10:30-11:20 and by appointment SC G54; office phone: 496 6220 Course Description: CLCS 331/ENGL 262 surveys just a few of the highlights of Latin literature in translation. We shall investigate, among other themes, the topics of power and persuasion. How do humans and gods wield power by means of verbal or visual persuasion? What other forms of power (or lack of power) are explored by these texts? How do the authors present various genres of literature (such as drama, history, oratory, and poetry/song) as valuable or effective? We?ll read mostly in chronological order, beginning with Plautus (c. 2nd century b.c.e.) and ending with Apuleius (2nd century c.e.), but we?ll place most emphasis on the very late Republic and early Principate, and especially on some of the great narratives: Vergil?s Aeneid, Ovid?s Metamorphoses, Lucan?s Civil War, and Tacitus? Annals. This course will develop your analytical skills by demanding attentive reading and thoughtful writing. You will practice reading with precision. You will explore the impact that detailed observations about a literary text can have on larger questions about the ideas that matter to various groups within Roman society. We shall think about the problems that face us as twenty-first century readers in understanding these literary works, which were produced in a complex (and changing) culture very different from our own. Books ordered at University Book Store and Follett's Bookstore (required) It is important for everyone to refer to the same page numbers/line numbers in lecture and discussion, so you need to use texts in the translation specified here. It?s also worth keeping in mind that each work of literature becomes something new through translation, so different translations are in some ways different texts. But of course you may hunt down the most affordable used copies of these particular editions (e.g. look at online booksellers to compare prices), as long as you make sure that you have the texts in time to complete each reading assignment when it is due. ISBN: 978-1-58510-155-9 Title: Plautus: Casina, Amphitryon, Captivi, Pseudolus Edition/Year: 2008 Author: David Christenson Publisher: Focus/Pullins ISBN: 0199214204 Title: Cicero: Selected Letters Edition/Year: 2008 Author: P G Walsh Publisher: Oxford ISBN: 0801839262 Title: The Poems of Catullus Edition/Year: 1989 Author: Charles Martin Publisher: Johns Hopkins U. P. ISBN: 0143105132 Title: The Aeneid: Virgil Edition/Year: 2008 Author: Robert Fagles Publisher: Penguin ISBN: 039332642X Title: Ovid: Metamorphoses Edition/Year: 2005 Author: Charles Martin Publisher: Norton ISBN: 0192839497 Title: Civil War Edition/Year: 2000 Author: Lucan transl. Braund Publisher: Oxford ISBN: 019282421X Title: The Annals Edition/Year: 2008 Author: J. C. Yardley Publisher: Oxford Worlds Classics ISBN: 0140435905 Title: Apuleius: The Golden Ass Edition/Year: 1999 Author: E. J. Kenney Publisher: Penguin Classics Other required readings will be distributed as pdfs on Blackboard and by email. For reference, G. B. Conte, Latin Literature: A History (Baltimore and London 1994) and S. Hornblower and A. Spawforth, eds., Oxford Classical Dictionary, 3rd ed. (Oxford 1996) are being placed on reserve for this course in Hicks Undergraduate library. These are much more reliable resources than wikipedia etc; wikipedia can be helpful for finding out answers to quick questions (e.g. names of mythical figures), but it is sometimes inaccurate. The Oxford English Dictionary online is an amazing resource for learning more about unfamiliar English vocabulary, and you have free access through Purdue library, provided that you are logged on to the system. Readings: ?Reading? means reading attentively, noting down your responses and questions, investigating words or concepts that you don?t immediately understand, and being ready to discuss what you found interesting or puzzling. Think about how each new text connects with other materials covered in the course. I will often email you and ask you to prepare specific questions for discussion in class. The assignment for each class meeting is designed to be short enough to allow time for thoughtful, responsive reading. Please bring the appropriate text to class every day so that you can refer to your reading during lecture and discussion when necessary. As suggested by the university guidelines, we expect you to spend approximately 5-6 hours per week (outside class) reading and writing for the course (an average of 50-100 pages per week); if you find that you are spending more time than that, please let us know in office hours or by email. Students with special needs: If you have a disability of any kind that could affect your work for the course, please come and speak to me as soon as possible, so that we can arrange appropriate accommodations in consultation with Purdue?s Disability Resource Center. Academic Integrity This course is designed at an introductory level, so you are not required to read beyond what is specifically assigned, except to check the meanings of unfamiliar words, etc., using resources such as the Oxford Classical Dictionary, Conte?s History, or the OED online. Remember that it?s important to cite carefully ideas and information that you have obtained by any means other than your own engagement with primary reading (i.e. ancient texts/materials) or from class lectures/discussion. I encourage you to share and discuss your work with your peers in the course, but if you receive help from anyone, it?s important to provide a detailed acknowledgment of that help when you turn in your writing. See http://www.purdue.edu/odos/osrr/integrity.htm for guidelines on academic integrity. If you are caught cheating in any way you will receive an F for the course. Assessment: Collegiality/citizenship (attendance and courteous participation): You are expected to attend class reliably: after 5 missed class sessions (a generous allowance designed to cover minor illnesses, team sports, interviews, family commitments, etc) your final grade will go down by a grade for every class session that we find you have missed (e.g. B would drop to B- if we find that you are absent 6 times in the semester, to C+ if you?re absent 7 times). You are expected to take meaningful notes on readings and on class lectures and discussions. Writing regularly is important in order to express yourself clearly, so you should take notes that are easy to follow, ideally writing out key ideas in full. This course will involve your participation ? sometimes the class meeting will be focused around discussion activities; at other times the lectures will be interactive. We will have a seating chart and expect all of you to be ready to contribute based on your knowledge of the material: it?s important to complete reading assignments before each class when they are due. Listening courteously, patiently, and responsively to other students is part of good collegiality, and so is preparedness (coming unprepared hurts your fellow students by wasting their time). Being a good colleague to your peers in the class will strengthen your grade, and being a bad colleague will weaken your final grade, especially if you are on a borderline. Quizzes 55% (13 quizzes, two lowest grades dropped) There will be no make up quizzes, except in cases of prolonged, documented illness. If you miss a quiz, you will receive an F for that quiz. Your two lowest quiz grades will be dropped, and that includes your allowance for any unavoidably missed quizzes (e.g. for sickness, family duties, team sports, interviews, etc.) Each quiz will contain 5 multiple choice questions (2 pts each) based on the readings for that week and on the most recent class lectures/discussions. For extra credit, you may write a short paragraph analytical answer discussing one of these questions (explaining the importance of this issue); up to 3 points may be awarded for a paragraph-long extra credit answer. Points available for each quiz: 10/10: A 8/10: B+ 6/10: B- 4/10: C 2/10: D 0/10: F Writing portfolio and peer edits 45% (final portfolio due Fri May 1) Keep a copy of all three written assignments during the semester. You won?t turn in these papers for grades until the end of the course, but it is important that you complete each piece of writing on time when it is due. Late papers will not be granted feedback, and unless an extension is negotiated well in advance, handing in work late risks lowering your final grade (extensions will only be given if they are well justified). We all need to get in the habit of backing up regularly (via email, a flash drive, etc.), so computer malfunctions will not count as a good reason for late work. Due dates: Paper 1 due W Feb 11; Paper 2 due W Mar 25; Paper 3 due W Apr 15; draft portfolio due to peers M Apr 27; final portfolio due F May 1. For formatting and citation, see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/557/01/ and take that advice! At the end of classes you will choose two of these three pieces and turn those in as a writing ?portfolio? for a grade; before you hand them in for your final grade, you will need to revise those selected pieces so that they express as clearly as possible what you want to say (each piece should be 900-1300 words; list the word count at the end). Your peer comments for others will also be graded. See Week 15 schedule for details. What do letter grades mean in this class? Basically: a B grade means doing a good job on what we asked, a C grade means doing what we asked you to (more or less), and an A grade means doing an outstanding job and showing creativity. Creativity involves doing things beyond the call of duty ? it doesn?t mean making an observation that nobody has ever expressed, but it does mean thinking independently and working steadily so as to sustain your independent thought. A You have shown exceptional command of the course material and skills involved, showing knowledge, understanding, and creativity in your responses to readings. We expect that you will have very little difficulty in extending these skills in other contexts. B You have shown satisfactory command of the course material and skills involved. We expect that you will be able to use and extend the knowledge and skills acquired, and we see clear potential for development if you pursue this subject and/or continue to develop the skills involved. C You have shown some command of the course material. We see some potential for development if you wish to increase your command of the material and analytical skills involved in the course, but there is much room for improvement. D You have shown a barely adequate command of the material and skills. We fear that you are unlikely to be able to apply this knowledge at any level or continue studies in this direction unless you drastically change your study techniques. F You have not shown enough command of the material to be given credit for learning. + and ? signs adjust grades within this overall pattern (e.g. a B+ often reflects promising and substantial command of the course materials, but without the distinctive creativity needed for an A- or an A; alternatively a B+ can indicate that the student has shown exceptional signs of creativity and understanding, but without the solid basis in knowledge that would result in an A- or A; a B- suggests that there is clear promise for development, but that there are significant areas of weakness that need to be addressed in order to show a solid command of the course material/skills.) Since an A+ doesn?t affect GPA, it will be used only to honor truly exceptional work. Weekly Schedule: Week 1 Jan 12-16: Introduction: Laughing at the Gods? power M Introduction; fill in student information sheet. W Plautus? Amphitryon lines 1-631 (pp. 91-119 Christenson); Christenson Introduction pp. 1-10; (pp. 14-19 on Amphitryon are optional reading). F Plautus? Amphitryon lines 631-end (pp. 119-145); Quiz A Week 2 Jan 19-23 M MLK holiday Unit 1. Private and public persuasion in the late Republic: Cicero, Catullus, and a taste of Lucretius. W Cicero On the Ideal Orator (transl. May and Wisse) sections 6-44 pp. 58-68 pdf; In Defence of Titus Annius Milo sections 1-36 (pp. 215-239 transl. Grant) (pdf 1) F Cicero In Defence of Milo sections 67-end (pp. 256-278) (pdf 2); Quiz B Week 3 Jan 26-30 M Catullus poems (transl. Martin) 1-7; 15, 16; 28; 37; 50; 57; 80; 63; 101 + notes at end of volume. (Warning: some of these poems use disturbing threats of sexual violence on their addressees or on others.) W Catullus 8; 10-14; 25; 36; 42; 51; 70; 72; 75; 76; 87; 49; 68 (+ notes) F Re-read Catullus as needed; Quiz C Week 4 Feb 2-6 M Cicero letters 14, 15, 17, 27, 32, 33, 40, 63 (numbers refer to Walsh?s selection; don?t forget to use Walsh?s notes and glossary pp. 276-358 to help you with the background details) W Cicero letters 107, 123, 124, 135-139, 146, 147, 154-155, 165, 166 (Walsh numbers). F No new reading. Quiz D Week 5 Feb 9-13 M Lucretius selections On the Nature of the Universe transl. Melville with notes by D and P Fowler: 1.1-101; 2.1-61; 4.1-27; 6.1-42 (pdf) Tues: extra office hour for consultation on Paper 1 (time t.b.a.) Unit 2. The Augustan transition from republic to principate. Imagining/remembering Rome?s origins. 2a: Vergil?s Aeneid (and a dip into Livy and Horace) W Horace (Odes 3.1-6) and Livy (1.1-1.8) pdfs (transl. West and de Selincourt). Paper 1 due: upload to Blackboard by 10 a.m. and bring a hard copy to class (for backup because there are sometimes problems with Blackboard or with Word docs.) F Aeneid transl. Fagles Book 1; Introduction ?Narrative? pp. 17-24 will help you steer your way through the poem?s story. pp. 424-484 helps with names (including suggestions for anglicized pronunciation); tip: don?t worry about all the new names you meet in your reading ? focus on obviously key characters, characters discussed in lecture/class, and those that interest you especially. Quiz E Week 6 Feb 16-20 M Aeneid Books 2-3 W Aeneid Books 4, 5.663-972 (line numbers refer to Fagles translation) F Latin lit survey holiday! No class meeting. Use the time for your Aeneid reading. Week 7 Feb 23-27 M Aeneid Books 6, 7.1-761, 8 W Aeneid 9-10 F Aeneid 11; Quiz F on Aeneid 2-11 (except 5.1-662, and 7.762ff catalogue of Italian troops) Week 8 Mar 2-6 M Aeneid 12 Section 2b: Changes. Ovid?s Metamorphoses W Metamorphoses Book 1 (transl. Charles Martin) F Metamorphoses Book 10; Quiz G Week 9 Mar 9-13 M Metamorphoses Book 11 W Metamorphoses Book 12 F Metamorphoses Book 14, Book 15.920-end (line refs Martin translation); Quiz H Spring Break Mar 16-20 Week 10 Mar 23-27 Unit 3: Nero (looking back and looking forward) M Seneca?s Apocolocyntosis (pdf, transl. Sullivan) W Paper 2 due (no new reading) F Lucan?s Civil War (transl. Braund) Book 1; Quiz I Week 11 Mar 30-Apr 3 M Lucan?s Civil War Books 2.1-391, 6 W Lucan?s Civil War Book 7 F Lucan?s Civil War Book 9; Quiz J Week 12 Apr 6-10 M Tacitus? Annals (transl. Yardley) 1.1-15, 12.66ff, 13 W Tacitus? Annals Book 14 F Tacitus? Annals Book 15; Quiz K Week 13 Apr 13-17 M Tacitus? Annals 16 W Paper 3 due: no new reading; sign up for peer groups. Unit 4: Fabulous Changes (again) F Apuleius? The Golden Ass (aka Metamorphoses) (transl. Kenney) (details t.b.a.); Quiz L Week 14 Apr 20-24 M Apuleius? The Golden Ass (details t.b.a.) W Apuleius? The Golden Ass F Apuleius? The Golden Ass; Quiz M Week 15 Apr 27-May 1 M no new reading; a version of your portfolio (i.e. the two papers that interest you the most) is due by email to your peer group no later than 10 a.m., copied to email@example.com W Class cancelled; instead, extra office hours will be held to help you with your portfolio revisions. Peer reading comments, using the Peer Reading Worksheet posted on blackboard, are due by email to your group no later than 10 a.m., copied both to firstname.lastname@example.org and to email@example.com. F Bring to class a hard copy of your writing portfolio with two papers of 900-1300 words each. Each paper should be stapled, and the two papers attached with a paper clip (no actual portfolio is necessary). There is no final exam. PAGE PAGE 1
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