Ph.D. Reading Lists

[Revised Dec. 2012]

Quantities are measured according to standard edtions (Oxford, Teubner, etc.). Exact works and editions read are subject to the approval of the graduate advisor. (Faculty may make some substitutions in this list when teaching survey courses; students will be able to take this into account when drawing up their own reading lists for the Ph.D. language exams.)

Greek


Latin


  • Homer: 12 books of each epic
  • Hesiod:  500 verses
  • Homeric Hymns:  250 verses
  • Lyric:  all of Campbell’s selection
  • Pindar:  300 verses
  • Herodotus:  100 pages, including Book I.1-5
  • Aeschylus:  2 plays (including Agamemnon)  
  • Sophocles:  2 plays
  • Euripides:  2 plays
  • Aristophanes:  2 plays
  • Satyr-drama:  200 lines
  • Thucydides:  100 pages, including I.20-22, II.34-46
  • Gorgias:  40 lines
  • Lysias:  Lysias 12, or speeches totaling 20 pages or more
  • Xenophon:  1 book from the major works
  • Isocrates:  1 work
  • Demosthenes:  1 speech or speeches totaling 20 pages or more
  • Parmenides:  fragments 1 and 8
  • Plato:  one long dialogue (e.g. Phaedo, Symposium, or Gorgias, or three books of Republic); 1 more dialogue (may be short)
  • Aristotle:  Poetics; one other book chosen from Nicomachean Ethics, Politics, Rhetoric, Metaphysics (but not little-alpha), Physics, De Generatione Animalium, Historia Animalium
  • Menander:  500 verses
  • Callimachus:  200 verses
  • Theocritus:  200 verses
  • Apollonius:  200 verses
  • Hellenistic verse:  500 more lines
  • Lucian:  20 pages
  • Longinus:  10 pages
  • Plutarch:  20 pages
  • Chariton, Longus, Heliodorus:  15 pages each
  • Polybius:  20 pages
  • Imperial prose:  40 more pages
  • Archaic Latin
  • Caesar:  1 book of either BG or BC
  • Catullus:  all
  • Cicero:  1 long oration (e.g. Pro Caelio or Catilinarians 1-3); 1 major philosophical book; 1 major rhetorical book; letters in the Shackleton Bailey selection
  • Lucretius:  I, III, V
  • Plautus:  2 plays
  • Terence:  2 plays
  • Sallust:  1 monograph
  • Horace:  10 Satires, 3 books of Odes, the Epodes, the Ars Poetica, 10 letters from Epist. I-II (including one from Epist. II)
  • Livy:  Preface, Book 1, and one other
  • Propertius:  Book I or III
  • Tibullus:  Book I
  • Sulpicia:  all
  • Ovid:  1 book of elegiacs, 2 books of Metamorphoses, Ars Amat. 1
  • Virgil:  Aeneid: 10 books; Eclogues (all); Georgics IV
  • Juvenal:  1, 3, 6, 10
  • Persius:  1
  • Martial:  1 book
  • Seneca:  1 play and 1 dialogue (De tranquillitate animi or De brevitate vitae) or equivalent amount in the Epistulae morales
  • Pliny:  15 pages of letters (including 6.16, 6.20, 10.96, 10.97)
  • Suetonius:  one life
  • Lucan:  1 book (but not Book X)
  • Petronius:  Cena Trimalchionis
  • Tacitus:  3 complete books of Annals or Histories and 1 minor work
  • Quintilian:  Book X, Chapter 1
  • Apuleius:  Metamorphoses 4.28-6.30 or another continuous selection of equal length from the Metamorphoses
  • 800 more lines imperial epic (e.g. Statius or Valerius Flaccus)
  • Post-classical Latin:  15 pages