course schedule

The required texts are:

Rome and the Mysterious Orient. Three plays by Plautus. Translated with Introductions and Notes by Amy Richlin. ISBN: 0520242750
The Poems of Catullus. A bilingual edition. Translated by Peter Green. ISBN: 0520253868
Vergil. The Aeneid. Translated by Sarah Ruden. ISBN: 0300151411
Seneca. Six Tragedies. Translated by Emily Wilson. ISBN: 0192807064  

USED OR KINDLE VERSION IS FINE. But make sure you are using these specific translations.

In this class, we will be reading: Plautus’ Iran Man (wk 3), selections of the poetry of Catullus (wk 4), Vergil’s Aeneid (wks 9-10), and Seneca’s Thyestes (wk 13). You should start reading these as soon as the semester begins, particularly Vergil’s Aeneid.


The instructor reserves the right to make changes as she sees fit.

Lectures Sections: Quizzes (in bold) + class discussion topics 
Wk 1 Th Jan 18th Lecture 1: Introduction. Etruscans. Beginnings of Rome. No sections this week.
Wk 2 T Jan 23rd Lecture 2: Early Rome. I.  Early Roman History
  Th Jan 25th Lecture 3: Early Rome. II.
Wk 3 T Jan 30th Lecture 4: Rome of the Middle Republic. Quiz 1: Early Rome.

Plautus, Iran Man

Th Feb 1st Lecture 5: Plautus, Terence. The Roman Stage.
Wk 4 T Feb 6th Lecture 6: Rome in the 2nd century BCE. Quiz 2: Plautus.

Early Roman Theatre and Rome in the 2nd century BCE

Th Feb 8th Lecture 7: The Roman Political and Social Revolution: 133-82 BCE.
Wk 5 T Feb 13th Lecture 8: Catullus: 1, 2a, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 24, 35, 36, 48, 49, 51, 61, 58a, 68a, 68b, 70, 72, 85. Optional: 64. Catullus
T Feb 15th Lecture 9: Roman intellectual life.
Wk 6 T Feb 20th No lecture (“BU Monday”) Quiz 3: Catullus.

Roman intellectual life

Th Feb 22nd Lecture 10: The Roman Artistic Revolution: 100-20 BCE. 
Wk 7 T Feb 27th Lecture 11: The Roman Political and Social Revolution: 82-62 BCE. Republican Art.

Paper 1 due Mar 1st.

Th Mar 1st Lecture 12: Julius Caesar.


Wk 8 T Mar 13th ❄️SNOW DAY ❄️ Caesar. Augustan Rome.
Th Mar 15th Lecture 13: Octavian to Augustus.
Wk 9 T Mar 20th MIDTERM EXAM No section this week.
Th Mar 22nd Lecture 14: The Augustan Principate (27 BCE-14 CE): Politics and Art.
Wk 10 T Mar 27th Lecture 15: Vergil Aeneid. 1-2. Aeneid Books 1-6
Th Mar 29th Lecture 16: Vergil Aeneid. 3-6.
Wk 11 T Apr 3rd Lecture 17: Vergil Aeneid. 7-9. Aeneid Books 7-12
Th Apr 5th Lecture 18: Vergil Aeneid. 10-12.
Wk 12 T Apr 10th In lecture screening: I, CLAVDIVS, ep 1 Quiz 4: Aeneid.


Th Apr 12th Lecture 19: The Augustan family.
Wk 13 T Apr 17th Lecture 20: The Post-Augustan Julio-Claudian Emperors (14-41 CE). Julio-Claudians. Seneca.
Th Apr 19th Lecture 21: Seneca Thyestes.
Wk 14 T Apr 24th Lecture 22: Post-Aug Empire: Claudius (41-54 CE), Nero’s Iconosphere (54-68 CE). Quiz 5: Thyestes.


Paper 2 due Apr 26th.

Th Apr 26th Lecture 23: Envoi.
Wk 15 T May 1 Revision  No section this week.