Latin 423:

Cicero and Sallust (the Catilinarian Conspiracy)

Spring Quarter 2003 / MW 2:30-3:50 Denny 312

Professor S. C. Stroup
Office: 226 Denny Hall     Office Phone: 543-2276
Office Hours: T 12:00-1:00; W 9:00-10:00
and by appointment

Course Description:

Sure, Republican Rome was a seething hotbed of political intrigue and social unrestóbut who knew corruption could be so much fun?  This course takes up one of the most exciting and fraught episodes in Roman historyóthe conspiracy of Catiline in 63 BCEóthrough careful readings of Sallustís Bellum Catilinae and Ciceroís first and second Catilinarian speeches.  We will investigate the social and political backdrop for the conspiracy, the various historiographical and rhetorical techniques employed in these texts, and our authorsí own literary concerns and social pretensions as they respond to this time of crisis. This is very exciting stuff, so hold on tight.  A close reading of the selected texts will be accompanied by a thorough review of the grammar and syntax.  Our approach to these texts will include:
    * A practical introduction to reading extended  Republican prose.
* Work on improving the speed and (more importantly) critical acuity of your reading of Latin prose.
   * A critical analysis of prose technique, with emphasis on  lexical and stylistic choices.
In other words, this class is designed to help you develop and improve your prose reading skills and, in general, to encourage you to become careful, critical, and capable readers of Classical Latin prose. In addition to these primary philological goals, we will consider the broader issues of literary self-fashioning and social context, the rhetorical and historiographical techniques employed in these texts, and the authorsí literary concerns and pretensions in this time of social crisis.

Required Texts:

H. E. Gould and J. L. Whiteley, edd., Cicero in Catilinam I & II.  Bristol 1982 (1999)
J. T. Ramsey, ed., Sallust's Bellum Catilinae.  APA 1984

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