Schedule of Readings

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

wk 1.
Tues. 22nd Jan. Organizational.

Thurs. 24th Jan. Introduction to the Digital.
– Read through the “Digital Tools” section of the course blog.
– Eileen Gardiner and Ronald Musto, chs 1 + 5 The Digital Humanities: A Primer for Students and Scholars (2015) = “Introduction to the Digital Humanities” (pp1-13); “Digital Tools” (pp67-81).
– Sarah Bond (@sarahebond), “Mapping and Teaching the Classical World,” Society for Classical Studies Blog (Jan. 16 2017).
– Mona Chalabi interviewed by It’s Nice That (March 8 2018): ‘“If it’s about farts, draw a butt for god’s sakes”: Mona Chalabi tells us how to illustrate data.’

No student reports.

wk 2.
Tues. 29th Jan. Cicero: beginnings.
– Look up “Cicero” and “Arpinum” in the Oxford Classical Dictionary.
– Look up “Arpinum” in the Digital Atlas of the Roman Empire and Pleiades.
– Look up “Arpino” in Google Maps (specifically around the Basilica San Domenico Abate). Get “directions” in Google Maps from Arpino to Roma. Compare with Orbis.
– [handout] Sallust War with Catiline 31; Plutarch Life of Cicero 1-3; Cicero On the Laws 2.1-3; Pliny Natural History 18.10.
– David Stockton, “The Young Man from Arpinum,” Cicero: A Political Biography (1971), pp1-20.
– G. A. Harrer, “The site of Cicero’s villa at Arpinum,” Studies in Philology (1924), pp541-570.

Text report: Plutarch Cicero 1-3.

Thurs. 31st Jan. Making a name. Cicero’s Pro Roscio Amerino.
– Cicero, Pro Roscio Amerino / “For Roscius of Ameria” translated by D. H. Berry (2000), pp3-58.
– Ann Vasaly, “The Masks of Rhetoric: Cicero’s Pro Roscio Amerino,” Rhetorica (1985), pp1-20.
– Kathryn Lomas, “A Volscian Mafia? Cicero and his Italian Clients in the Forensic Speeches,Cicero the Advocate (2004), pp97-116.

Text report: Pro Roscio Amerino 46.
Scholarship report: Vasaly; Lomas.

wk 3.
Tues. 5th Feb. The Consular Year. Cicero’s Catilinarians.
– Cicero, In Catilinam 1 + 2 / “Against L. Sergius Catilina” translated by Siobhán McElduff (2011), pp67-94.
– Shane Butler, “December 3, 63 BCE. Convincing Rome of a conspiracy.” The Hand of Cicero (2002), pp85-102.
– John Dugan, “Non sine causa sed sine fine: Cicero’s compulsion to repeat his consulate,” The Classical Journal (2014), pp9-22.

Text report: In Catilinam 1.17-18.
Scholarship report: Butler; Dugan.

Thurs. 7th Feb. Imagining Ciceronian Rome.
– Ann Vasaly, “Transforming the Visible: In Catilinam 1 and 3,” pp40-87; “Ambiance, Rhetoric, and the Meaning of Things,” pp15-39. Representations: Images of the World in Ciceronian Oratory (1993).

Scholarship report: Vasaly.

wk 4. 
Tues. 12th Feb. Praise. The poetry of prose. Cicero‘s Pro Archia.
– Cicero, Pro Archia / “In Defense of Archias, the Poet” translated by Siobhán McElduff (2011), pp95-107.
– D. H. Berry, “Literature and Persuasion in Cicero’s Pro Archia,” Cicero the Advocate (2004), pp291-312.
– Mathias Hanses, “Cicero Crosses the Color Line: Pro Archia Poeta and W. E. B. Du Bois’s The Souls of Black Folk.” International Journal of the Classical Tradition (2018), pp1-17.

Text report: Pro Archia 18-20.
Scholarship report: Berry; Hanses.

Thurs. 14th Feb. Blame. Cicero’s In Pisonem.
– Cicero, In Pisonem / “The speech against L. Calpurnius Piso” translated by N. H. Watts (1931), pp138-262. [Read the Loeb online via Mugar]
– Isabel Köster, “Feasting Centaurs and Destructive Consuls in Cicero’s In Pisonem, Illinois Classical Studies (2014), pp63-79.
– John Dugan, “How to Make (and Break) a Cicero: Epideixis, Textuality, and Self-fashioning in the Pro Archia and In Pisonem,” Classical Antiquity (2001), pp35-77.
– David Kubiak, “Piso’s Madness (Cic. in Pis. 21 and 47),” The American Journal of Philology (1989), pp237-245.

Text report: In Pisonem 21-22.
Scholarship report: Köster; Dugan.

wk 5.
Tues. 19th Feb = BU Monday, class cancelled.

Thurs. 21st Feb. Theatricality. Cicero’s Pro Caelio.
– Cicero, Pro Caelio / “For Caelius” translated by D. H. Berry (2000), pp122-161.
– Catullus poems 49 and 58.
– Matthew Leigh, “The Pro Caelio and Comedy,” Classical Philology (2004), pp300-335.
– Anne Leen, “Clodia Oppugnatrix: the Domus Motif in Cicero’s Pro Caelio,The Classical Journal (2000), pp141-162.
– A. S. Hollis, “A Tragic Fragment in Cicero, Pro Caelio 67?The Classical Quarterly (1998), pp561-564.

Text report: Pro Caelio 33-34.
Scholarship report: Leigh; Leen.

wk 6.
Tues. 26th Feb. A world of letters.
– Peter White, “The Editing of the Collection,” pp31-62; “The Letters and Literature” pp89-116. Cicero in Letters: Epistolary Relations of the Late Republic (2010).
– Ruth Morello, “Writer and addressee in Cicero’s letters,” pp196-214. Cambridge Companion to Cicero (2013).
– Catherine Edwards, “Epistolography,” A Companion to Latin Literature (2005), pp270-274.

Scholarship report: White; Morello; Edwards.

Thurs. 28th Feb. Letters from Cilicia. Gephi workshop.
– Letters from Cicero as provincial governor of Cilicia = Letters 52-66 translated by P. G. Walsh (2008).
– Elizabeth Rawson, “The Governor of Cilicia, 51-50 B.C.” Cicero: A Portrait (1975), pp164-182.

No student reports.

wk 7.
Tues 5th March. Terentia, Tullia, Publilia.
– Susan Treggiari, “Terentia: the young wife,” pp30-39; “The life of mother and daughter,” pp40-56; “Three divorces, a wedding, a funeral, and a baby,” pp118-142; “Death and survival,” pp143-154, Terentia, Tullia, and Publilia (2007).

No student reports.

Thurs. 7th March. Cicero and Tiro.
– William C. McDermott, “M. Cicero and M. Tiro,” Historia (1972), pp259-286.

No student reports.

Friday 8th March: PROJECT PROPOSAL DUE.

wk 8. SPRING BREAK.

wk 9.
Tues. 19th March. The history of oratory.
– Cicero, Brutus 1-104 translated by G. L. Hendrickson (1939), pp18-93.
– Catherine Steel, “Cicero’s Brutus: the end of oratory and the beginning of history?Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies (2002), pp195-211.
– Sarah Culpepper Stroup, “Brutus: the dialogic personification of the Republican voice,” Catullus, Cicero, and a Society of Patrons (2010), pp237-268.

Text report: Brutus 91-93.
Scholarship report: Steel; Culpepper Stroup.

Thurs. 21st March. Against the fear of death.
– Cicero, Tusculanae Disputationes 1 / “Tusculan Disputations” translated by Thomas Habinek (2012), pp7-56.
– A. E. Douglas, “Form and Content in the Tusculan Disputations,” Cicero the Philosopher (1995), pp197-218.
– Ingo Gildenhard, “Life after Death,” Creative Eloquence (2010), pp373-384.

Text report: Tusculans 1.1-4.
Scholarship report: Douglas; Gildenhard.

wk 10.
Tues. 26th March. The cosmic and the divine.
– Cicero, De Natura Deorum 2 / “On the Nature of the Gods” translated by P. G. Walsh (1998), pp47-107.
– P. A. Brunt, “Philosophy and Religion in the Late Republic.” Philosophia Togata I (1989), pp174-198.
– Malcolm Schofield, “Writing Philosophy,” Cambridge Companion to Cicero (2013), pp73-87.

Text report: De Natura Deorum 2.98-104.
Scholarship report: Brunt; Schofield.

Thurs. 28th March. Cicero’s Poetry.
– fragments of Cicero’s On the Consulship, Marius, Aratea and miscellaneous verses [handout].
– Emma Gee, “Cicero’s poetry,” Cambridge Companion to Cicero (2013), pp88-106.
– Caroline Bishop, “pessimus omnium poeta: Canonization and the Ancient Reception of Cicero’s Poetry,” Illinois Classical Studies (2018), pp137-159.
– Hannah Čulík-Baird, “Stoicism in the Stars: Cicero’s Aratea in the De Natura Deorum,” Latomus (2018), pp 646-670. 

Text report: Cicero’s poetry.
Scholarship report: Gee; Bishop; Čulík-Baird.

wk 11.
Tues. 2nd April. Friendship.
– Cicero, De Amicitia / “On Friendship” translated by Thomas Habinek (2012), pp75-108.
– Thomas Habinek, “Towards a History of Friendly Advice: The Politics of Candor in Cicero’s De Amicitia.” Apeiron (1990), pp165-185.
– P. A. Brunt, “Amicitia in the late Roman Republic,” Proceedings of the Cambridge Philological Society (1965), pp1-20.

Text report: De Amicitia 24-25.
Scholarship report: Habinek; Brunt.


Thurs. 4th April. Fathers and sons.
– Cicero, De Officiis I / “On Duties” translated by Thomas Habinek (2012), pp109-160.
– Michele Kennerly, “Sermo and Stoic Sociality in Cicero’s De Officiis,” Rhetorica (2010), pp119-137.
– Henriette van der Blom, “A family exemplum.” Cicero’s Role Models (2010), pp316-320.

Text report: De Officiis1.150-151.
Scholarship report: Kennerly; van der Blom.

wk 12.
Tues. 9th April. The point of no return.
– Cicero, Philippicae 1+ 2 / “Philippics” translated by Siobhán McElduff (2011), 177-239.
– Jon Hall, “The Philippics,” Brill’s Companion to Cicero (2002), pp273-304.
– Nancy Myers, “Cicero’s (S)Trumpet: Roman Women and the Second Philippic,” Rhetoric Review (2003), pp337-352.
– Anthony Corbeill, “Moral Appearance in Action: Effeminacy,” Controlling Laughter (1996), pp147-169, esp. 147-151.

Text report: Philippics 2.44-45.
Scholarship report: Myers; Corbeill.


Thurs. 11th April. Killing Cicero.
– Seneca the Elder Suasoria 6.17-25, Appian Civil Wars 4.19-20, Plutarch Life of Cicero 47-48, Quintilian Inst. 12.1.16-17, Dio Cassius Roman History 47.8.33, Tacitus Dialogus (17); 4th c. CE epitaphs [handout]
– Amy Richlin, “Cicero’s head.” Constructions of the Classical Body (1999), pp190-211.
– Matthew Roller, “Cicero’s death, declamation, and history.” Classical Philology (1997), pp109-130.
– Elizabeth Rawson, “Victory and Disaster 43 B.C.” Cicero: A Portrait (1975), pp278-298.

Text report: Seneca 6.17-25.
Scholarship report: Richlin; Roller.

wk 13.
Tues. 16th April. BU Monday, class cancelled.

Thurs 18th April. After Cicero.  
– William Cook and James Tatum, “Frederick Douglass and The Columbian Orator,” African American Writers and Classical Tradition (2010), pp49-92.
– Nina L. Dubin, “The Catiline conspiracy and the credibility of letters in French Revolutionary art.” The Afterlife of Cicero (2016), pp177-198.
– Carl J. Richard, “Cicero and the American Founders”, Brill’s companion to the reception of Cicero (2015), pp124-143.

Scholarship report: Cook-Tatum; Dubin; Richard.

wk 14. Student project presentations.
Tues. 23rd April.
Thurs. 25th April.

wk 15. Student project presentations.
Tues. 30th April.
Thurs. 2nd May.