M.A. Reading Lists

Latin Reading List

(Also the distance-learning M.L. and M.A. reading list)

In addition to the authors listed below, students are urged to read a history of Rome (e.g. M. Cary History of Rome) and a good historical outline of Roman literature (e.g. Cambridge History of Latin Literature).

Plautus Menaechmi
Terence Adelphoe
Cicero in Catilinam 1-4; pro Caelio; pro Archia; Somnium Scipionis
Caesar Bellum Gallicum 1:1-29; 5-6
Catullus Carmina 1-60, 65, 67, 69-116
Lucretius 1
Sallust Catilina
Vergil Aeneid 1-6; Georgics 4.315ff; Eclogue 4
Horace Carmina 1; 4: 2,7; Carmen Saeculare; Sermones 1: 1, 4, 5-6
Livy 21
Ovid Ars Amatoria 1; Amores1: 1-5; Metamorphoses 1
Tibullus 1.10
Propertius 1: 1, 5, 7, 9, 20, 22; 2: 8-13, 26a, 27, 28b-c; 3: 1, 2, 10, 18, 21; 4: 7, 11
Seneca Epistulae 65, 88, 114
Petronius Cena Trimalchionis
Pliny the Younger 3.16; 6.16; 20
Martial 5.37; 5.47; 10: 30, 62
Juvenal 3, 6
Tacitus Annales 1
Apuleius 1

Greek Reading List

In addition to the authors listed below, students are urged to read a history of Greece (e.g. Bury’s History of Greece) and a good historical outline of Greek Literature (e.g. A. Lesky’s A History of Greek Literature)

Homer Il. 1, 9, 24; Od.1, 6, 9
Homeric Hymns 3 (in Apollinem)
Hesiod Erga
Lyric Cambell, Greek Lyric Poetry: Callinus, Tyrtaeus, Mimnermus, Solon, Archilochus, Sappho
Pindar Ol. 1, 2; Pyth.1; Nem. 6; Isthm. 7
Theocritus Carmina either 15, 16, or 17
Aeschylus Agamemnon
Sophocles Antigone; Oedipus Tyrannus
Euripides Alcestis; Bacchae
Aristophanes Lysistrata or Frogs
Herodotus 1; 6: 94-104
Thucydides 1: 2: 35-65
Xenophon Anabasis 1; Hellenica1: 1, 1-37; 4, 1-23; 5, 10-17; 7, 1-35; 2: 1, 25-32; 2, 1-24
Lysias 1, 3, 7
Plato Apologia, Crito, Symposium
Aristotle Poetics 1447-1452

Master of Latin Examination

(see below for the distance learning M.L. exam)

The supervisory committee will administer a final oral and written comprehensive exam on the University of Florida campus at the completion of the course work. This examination will consist of: (1) an oral part: a one hour examination on the general field of Latin literature (2) a written part, consisting of one hour each on (a) Latin sight translation and grammar, (b) Roman history and civilization and, only if applicable, (c) the minor, or minors. As preparation for this examination, the supervisory committee will present the student with an individually designed reading list of secondary works in English after admission to the program.

To prepare for this exam use the following reading list:*

For (1) the oral part, the one hour examination on the general field of Latin literature, read a standard history of Roman literature. The Department recommends:

H. J. Rose, A Handbook of Latin Literature
(if unavailable try Moses Hadas, A History of Latin Literature or Michael Grant, Roman Literature)

For the written part (b) Roman history and civilization three books are required in the areas to be covered by this heading:

  1. Roman History: Any standard college level textbook should be sufficient. The Department recommends:
    A.E. R. Boak, A History of Rome to 565 AD
    (also good and readable are: Fritz M. Heichelheim & C. Yeo, A History of the Roman People; Henry Charles Boren, Roman Society: A Social, Economic, and Cultural History; Thomas W. Africa, The Immense Majesty: A History of Rome and the Roman Empire) G.I.F. Tingay & J. Badcock, These Were The Romans (Dufour Editions; 2nd ed. Chester Springs Pennsylvania 1992) paper, ISBN 0 8032 1285 3
  2. Roman Art and Architecture: the Department recommends
  3. Roman Civilization: the Department recommends:
    Nancy H. Ramage & Andrew Ramage, Roman Art: Romulus to Constantine (Prentice Hall; Englewood Cliffs, NJ 2nd ed. 1991, 1996) paper ISBN 0-13-440702-4
    (If this is unavailable, try Mortimer Wheeler, Roman Art and Architecture [Praeger paperback/Thames & Hudson 1964])

All the books listed here with the exception of Boak are listed in amazon.com. Boren is out of print but available through second hand dealers associated with amazon.com. Most should be available in a large public library or a decent college/university library. If you are unable to locate one of the recommended books or suggested alternates, contact your supervisory committee for another choice. If you have selected a minor, your supervisory committee will make a special list for that area

Distance Learning M.L. Examination

The supervisory committee will administer a final oral and written comprehensive exam on the University of Florida campus at the completion of course work. This examination will consist of: (1) an oral part: a one hour examination on the general field of Latin literature; and (2) a written part, consisting of two hours on Roman history and civilization.

To prepare for this exam use the following reading list:

For the oral, one-hour examination on the general field of Latin literature, read a standard history of Roman literature. The Department recommends GianBiagio Conte, Latin Literature: A History (transl. J.B. Solodow, revised by D. Fowler and G.W. Most), Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994.

For the written two-hour examination on Roman history and civilization, the Department recommends the following for each subject area:

  1. Roman History:
    A.E. R. Boak, A History of Rome to 565 AD (MacMillan, 1921)
    G.I.F. Tingay & J. Badcock, These Were The Romans (Dufour Editions; 2nd ed. 1995)
  2. Roman Art and Architecture:
    Nancy Ramage and Andrew Ramage, Roman Art: Romulus to Constantine (Pearson Prentice Hall, 2005)
    Paul Zanker, The Power of Images in the Age of Augustus (University of Michigan, 1990)
  3. Roman Civilization:
    Antony Kamm, The Romans: An Introduction (Routledge, 2nd ed. 2008)

All the books listed here with the exception of Boak are listed in amazon.com. Most should be available in a large public library or a decent college/university library. If you are unable to locate one of the recommended books or suggested alternates, contact your supervisory committee for another choice.