Latin IV: Caesar and Vergil

Latin IV: Caesar and Vergil

Dr. Bruce McMenomy for Scholars Online
2023-24: Mondays and Thursdays, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM Eastern

Assignments

All assignments are due on the date for which they are assigned. Please allocate sufficient time. This schedule is possible to maintain, but if you let it slide in the beginning, recovery will be very difficult.

Note that the appendices from The Landmark Caesar from E on are not available in your book, but are part of an extended supplementary volume of forty-four appendices called “Web essays” (about 325 more pages) available online at the Landmark Caesar website. It is a single PDF file that you can download and keep on your own computer for your convenience. Most of them are quite reasonable in length, very clearly written, and will help you understand both your Latin reading and the historical and cultural context in which Caesar was writing.


1. Thu, Sep 7, 2023 Introduction to Caesar and his Latin; general principles of textual scholarship, and how to read Latin prose.

Please read:
The Landmark Caesar: Gallic War 1: 1-54 (pp. 3-48). This is a longer-than-normal reading assignment in the translation, but you have no Latin to prepare for this class, and I want you to get Book 1 out of the way before you encounter it in Latin, lest you be tempted to use the translation as a crutch in preparing the Latin.

2. Mon, Sep 11, 2023
Please read:
1.1 in Latin.
The Landmark Caesar: Gallic War 2: 1-17 (pp. 51-64).
Martin Jehne, “Caesar the Politician”, The Landmark Caesar, Appendix F (pp. 6-12).
Vocabulary list #1. Take the quiz by Friday.

3. Thu, Sep 14, 2023

Please read:
1.2 in Latin.
The Landmark Caesar: Gallic War 2: 18-35 (pp. 64-78).
Erich S. Gruen, “The Legitimacy of Caesar’s Wars”, The Landmark Caesar, Appendix J (pp. 33-39).

4. Mon, Sep 18, 2023

Please read:
1.3 in Latin.
The Landmark Caesar: Gallic War 3: 1-14 (pp. 81-94).
Christopher S. Mackay, “The Roman Military”, The Landmark Caesar, Appendix D (in the hard copy book: pp. 672-676).
Vocabulary list #2. Take the quiz by Friday.

5. Thu, Sep 21, 2023

Please read:
1.4-5 in Latin.
The Landmark Caesar: Gallic War 3: 15-29 (pp. 94-106).
Duncan B. Campbell, “The Roman Army Camp”, The Landmark Caesar, Appendix Q (pp. 68-72).

6. Mon, Sep 25, 2023

Please read:
1.6-7 in Latin.
The Landmark Caesar: Gallic War 4: 1-19 (pp. 109-120).
Josh Levithan, “The Rules of War”, The Landmark Caesar, Appendix R (pp. 73-78).
Vocabulary list #3. Take the quiz by Friday.

7. Thu, Sep 28, 2023

Please read:
4.24-25 in Latin.
The Landmark Caesar: Gallic War 4: 20-38 (pp. 120-130). Try to read this after you have prepared your Latin: there was no way to avoid this collision without unduly stretching things, since you have just leapt from the first book to the fourth in the Latin.
Nicolle Hirschfeld, “Caesar at Sea”, The Landmark Caesar, Appendix AA (pp. 125-130).


8. Mon, Oct 2, 2023

Please read:
4.26-27 in Latin.
The Landmark Caesar: Gallic War 5: 1-27 (pp. 133-152).
Ian Ralston, “Oppida: Towns in Caesar’s World”, The Landmark Caesar, Appendix L (pp. 44-47).
Vocabulary list #4. Take the quiz by Friday.

9. Thu, Oct 5, 2023

Please read:
4.28-30 in Latin.
The Landmark Caesar: Gallic War 5: 28-58 (pp. 152-170).
Tom Moore, “Caesar on Britain”, The Landmark Caesar, Appendix N (pp. 52-56).

10. Mon, Oct 9, 2023

Please read:
4.31-33 in Latin.
The Landmark Caesar: Gallic War 6: 1-20 (pp. 173-187).
RIchard J. A. Talbert, “War and Geographical Knowledge”, The Landmark Caesar, Appendix W (pp. 97-101).
Vocabulary list #5. Take the quiz by Friday.
Syntactical Mechanics: Please have Chapter 1 read by now. If you have questions, be prepared to ask them. This is probably all fairly unsurprising material.

11. Thu, Oct 12, 2023

Please read:
4.34-36 in Latin.
The Landmark Caesar: Gallic War 6: 21-44 (pp. 187-200).
Nathan Rosenstein, “Late Republican Provincial Administration”, The Landmark Caesar, Appendix P (pp. 63-67).

12. Mon, Oct 16, 2023

Please read:
5.24-26 in Latin.
The Landmark Caesar: Gallic War 7: 1-28 (pp. 203-223).
Nathan Rosenstein, “The Economics of War”, The Landmark Caesar, Appendix T (pp. 84-87).
Vocabulary list #6. Take the quiz by Friday.

13. Thu, Oct 19, 2023

Please read:
5.27-28 in Latin.
The Landmark Caesar: Gallic War 7: 29-60 (pp. 223-244). Debra L. Nousek, “The Gallic War as a Work of Literature”, The Landmark Caesar, Appendix GG (pp. 229-235).

14. Mon, Oct 23, 2023

Please read:
5.29-32 in Latin.
The Landmark Caesar: Gallic War 7: 61-90 (pp. 244-268).
Nathan Rosenstein, “Military Logistics”, The Landmark Caesar, Appendix V (pp. 92-96).
Vocabulary list #7. Take the quiz by Friday.
Syntactical Mechanics: Please have Chapter 2 read by now. If you have questions, be prepared to ask them.

15. Thu, Oct 26, 2023

Please read:
5.33-35 in Latin.
The Landmark Caesar: Gallic War 8: 1-55 (pp. 271-306). You can skim this — it’s not by Caesar himself.
Alexa Jervis, “The Gallic War as a Work of Propaganda”, The Landmark Caesar, Appendix HH (pp. 229-235).

16. Mon, Oct 30, 2023

Please read:
5.36-39 in Latin.
Vocabulary list #8. Take the quiz by Friday.
Vergil, Aeneid, Bk. 1 in translation.
Kurt A. Raaflaub, “The Roman Commentarius and Caesar's Commentaries”, The Landmark Caesar, Appendix CC (pp. 203-209).
Syntactical Mechanics: Please have Chapter 3 read by now. If you have questions, be prepared to ask them.


17. Thu, Nov 2, 2023

Please read:
5.40-42 in Latin.
Vergil, Aeneid, Bk. 2 in translation.
Duncan B. Campbell, “Military Engineering and Sieges”, The Landmark Caesar, Appendix S (pp. 79-83).

18. Mon, Nov 6, 2023

Please read:
5.43-44 in Latin.
Vergil, Aeneid, Bk. 3 in translation.
Olivier Büchsenschütz, “Gaul in Caesar’s Time”, The Landmark Caesar, Appendix K (pp. 40-43).
Vocabulary list #9. Take the quiz by Friday.
Syntactical Mechanics: Please have Chapter 4 read by now. If you have questions, be prepared to ask them.

19. Thu, Nov 9, 2023

Please read:
5.45-48 in Latin.
Vergil, Aeneid, Bk. 4 in translation.
Christopher B. Krebs, “Caesar the Historian”, The Landmark Caesar, Appendix DD (pp. 210-213).

20. Mon, Nov 13, 2023

Please read:
6.13-15 in Latin.
Vergil, Aeneid, Bk. 5 in translation.
Keith Fairbank, “Caesar’s Portrait of ‘Caesar’”, The Landmark Caesar, Appendix EE (pp. 214-222).
Vocabulary list #10. Take the quiz by Friday.
Syntactical Mechanics: Please have Chapter 5 read by now. If you have questions, be prepared to ask them.

21. Thu, Nov 16, 2023

Please read:
6.16-20 in Latin.
Vergil, Aeneid, Bk. 6 in translation.
Lukas De Blois, “Caesar the General and Leader”, The Landmark Caesar, Appendix X (pp. 102-108).

22. Mon, Nov 20, 2023

Please read:
Introduction to Vergil, Latin poetry and scansion.
Daniel H. Garrison, “The Language of Virgil”, Why Vergil?, pp. 42-45.
Vergil, Aeneid, Bk. 7 in translation.
Vocabulary list #11. Take the quiz by Friday.
Syntactical Mechanics: Please have Chapter 6 read by now. If you have questions, be prepared to ask them.

23. Mon, Nov 27, 2023

Please read:
1.1-11
Vergil, Aeneid, Bk. 8 in translation.
Syntactical Mechanics: Please have Chapter 7 read by now. If you have questions, be prepared to ask them.

24. Thu, Nov 30, 2023

Please read:
Vergil, Aeneid, Bk. 9 in translation.
1.12-22
Brooks Otis, “The Mystery of the Aeneid”, Why Vergil?, pp. 243-245.


25. Mon, Dec 4, 2023

Please read:
Vergil, Aeneid, Bk. 10 in translation.
1.23-33
Vocabulary list #12. Take the quiz by Friday.
Syntactical Mechanics: Please have Chapter 8 read by now. If you have questions, be prepared to ask them.

26. Thu, Dec 7, 2023

Please read:
Vergil, Aeneid, Bk. 11 in translation.
1.34-41
Brooks Otis, “The Subjective Style”, Why Vergil?, pp. 245-254.

27. Mon, Dec 11, 2023

Please read:
1.42-54
Vergil, Aeneid, Bk. 12 in translation.
Vocabulary list #13. Take the quiz by Friday.
Syntactical Mechanics: Please have Chapter 9 read by now. If you have questions, be prepared to ask them.

28. Thu, Dec 14, 2023

Please read:
1.55-63
Iliad, 1-2 in translation.

29. Mon, Dec 18, 2024

Please read:
1.64-75
Iliad, 3-4 in translation.
Vocabulary list #14. Take the quiz by Friday.
Syntactical Mechanics: Please have Chapter 10 read by now. If you have questions, be prepared to ask them.

30. Thu, Dec 21, 2024

Please read:
1.76-86
Iliad, 5-6 in translation.


31. Mon, Jan 8, 2024

Please read:
1.87-101
Iliad, 7-8 in translation.
Vocabulary list #15. Take the quiz by Friday.
Syntactical Mechanics: Please have Chapter 11 read by now. If you have questions, be prepared to ask them.

32. Thu, Jan 11, 2024

Please read:
1.102-117
Iliad, 9-10 in translation.
Michael Putnam, “The Lyric Genius of the Aeneid”, Why Vergil?, pp. 255-266.

33. Mon, Jan 15, 2024

Please read:
1.118-130
Iliad, 11-12 in translation.
Vocabulary list #16. Take the quiz by Friday.
Syntactical Mechanics: Please have Chapter 12 read by now. There’s probably very little there to ask about.

34. Thu, Jan 18, 2024

Please read:
1.131-141
Iliad, 13-14 in translation.
George Duckworth, “The Architecture of the Aeneid”, Why Vergil?, pp. 148-167.

35. Mon, Jan 22, 2024

Please read:
1.142-156
Iliad, 15-16 in translation.
Vocabulary list #17. Take the quiz by Friday.

36. Thu, Jan 25, 2024

Please read:
1.157-173
Iliad, 17-18 in translation.


37. Mon, Jan 29, 2024

Please read:
1.174-193
Iliad, 19-20 in translation.
Vocabulary list #18. Take the quiz by Friday.

38. Thu, Feb 1, 2024

Please read:
1.194-209
Iliad, 21-22 in translation.
Gregory A. Staley, “Aeneas’ First Act: 1.180-194”, in Why Vergil?, pp. 52-60.

39. Mon, Feb 5, 2024

Please read:
1.418-440
Iliad, 23-24 in translation.
Vocabulary list #19. Take the quiz by Friday.

40. Thu, Feb 8, 2024

Please read:
1.494-519
Odyssey, 1-2 in translation.
Roger A. Hornsby, “The Vergilian Simile as a Means of Judgment”, Why Vergil?, pp. 80-89.

41. Mon, Feb 12, 2024

Please read:
1.520-543
Odyssey, 3-4 in translation.
Vocabulary list #20. Take the quiz by Friday.

42. Thu, Feb 15, 2024

Please read:
1.544-578
Odyssey, 5-6 in translation.
Bernard M. W. Knox, “The Serpent and the Flame: The Imagery of the Second Book of the Aeneid”, Why Vergil?, pp. 65-79.

43. Mon, Feb 19, 2024

Please read:
2.40-56, 201-211
Odyssey, 7-8 in translation.
Vocabulary list #21. Take the quiz by Friday.

44. Thu, Feb 22, 2024

Please read:
2.212-249
Odyssey, 9-10 in translation.

45. Mon, Feb 26, 2024

Please read:
2.268-297
Odyssey, 11-12 in translation.
Vocabulary list #22. Take the quiz by Friday.


46. Thu, Feb 29, 2024

Please read:
2.559-587
Odyssey, 13-14 in translation.

47. Mon, Mar 4, 2024

Please read:
2.588-620
Odyssey, 15-16 in translation.
Vocabulary list #23. Take the quiz by Friday.

48. Thu, Mar 7, 2024

Please read:
4.160-188
Odyssey, 17-18 in translation.
Charles Segal, “Dido’s Hesitation in Aeneid 4”, Why Vergil?, pp. 90-100.

49. Mon, Mar 11, 2024

Please read:
4.189-218
Odyssey, 19-20 in translation
Vocabulary list #24. Take the quiz by Friday.

50. Thu, Mar 14, 2024

Please read:
4.259-295
Odyssey, 21-22 in translation.
Helen Bacon, “The Aeneid as a Drama of Election”, Why Vergil?, pp. 123-141.

51. Mon, Mar 18, 2024

Please read:
4.296-330
Odyssey, 23-24 in translation.
Vocabulary list #25. Take the quiz by Friday.

52. Thu, Mar 21, 2024

Please read:
4.331-361
Marilyn B. Skinner, “The Last Encounter of Dido and Aeneas: Aen. 6.450-476.”, Why Vergil?, pp. 101-107.


53. Mon, Apr 1, 2024

Please read:
4.659-705
Vocabulary list #26. Take the quiz by Friday.

54. Thu, Apr 4, 2024

Please read:
6.295-332
W. R. Johnson, “Eliot’s Myth and Vergil’s Fictions”, Why Vergil?, pp. 327-342.

55. Mon, Apr 8, 2024

Please read:
6.384-425

56. Thu, Apr 11, 2024

Please read:
6.450-476, 847-853
D. C. Feeney, “History and Revelation in Vergil’s Underworld”, Why Vergil?, pp. 108-122.

57. Mon, Apr 15, 2024

Please read:
6.854-899

58. Thu, Apr 18, 2024
Grammatical review.

59. Mon, Apr 22, 2024
Technical review: scansion.

60. Thu, Apr 25, 2024
Technical review: figures of speech.


61. Mon, Apr 29, 2024
Literary review: Caesar.

62. Thu, May 2, 2024
Literary review: Vergil.

63. Mon, May 6, 2024
General review.

64. Thu, May 9, 2024
General review and exam-taking strategies.

65. Mon, May 13, 2024
General review and exam-taking strategies.

66. Thu, May 16, 2024
General review and exam-taking strategies, if relevant.

NB.: The AP EXAM is FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2024 in the afternoon session.
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67. Mon, May 20, 2024Exam debriefing, if relevant.