Classics Past Readings

2023–2024

  • Gilgamesh (recent translations include Stephen Mitchell & Sophus Helle)
  • Enuma Elish (Babylonian poem of creation)—translations include Timothy Stephany, L. W. King, Stephanie Dalley (in the Oxford World Classics series) and online as part of the Electronic Babylonian Library
  • Hesiod, Theogony
  • Hesiod, Works & Days

2022–2023

  • Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War

2021–2022

  • Plutarch, selections from Essays
  • Plutarch, selected Parallel Lives
  • Suetonius, The Lives of the Caesars—Augustus, Nero
  • Pseudo-Callisthenes, The Greek Alexander Romance
  • Tacitus, Agricola
  • Tacitus, Germania
  • Martial, Epigrams
  • Apuleius, The Golden Ass
  • Plutarch, “Whether Military or Intellectual Exploits Have Brought Athens More Fame” in Plutarch’s Essays, translated by Robin Waterfield (Penguin Books)
  • Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War

2020–2021

  • Herodotus, Histories books I–IX
  • Lucan, De Bello Civili, I–X
  • Guest speaker Robert Strassler discusses the history of the Landmark Historians series, the creation of the Landmark Herodotus text we are using, and Herodotus more generally

2019–2020

  • Sophocles, Oedipus the King 
  • Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus
  • Sophocles, Antigone
  • Aristotle, Poetics
  • Euripides, Medea
  • Apollonius Rhodius, Argonautica
  • Seneca, Medea

2018–2019

  • Augustine, Confessions
  • Euripides, Hippolytus
  • Seneca, Phaedra
  • Aristophanes, Clouds
  • Horace, Odes
  • Virgil, Æneid
  • Mary Norris, Greek to Me

2017–2018

  • James Davidson, Courtesans & Fishcakes: The Consuming Passions of Classical Athens​
  • Homer, The Iliad
  • Homer, The Odyssey
  • Vergil, The Aeneid, (Virgil, The Æneid, translated by David Ferry (University of Chicago Press, 2017; ISBN: 9780226450186))

2016–2017

  • Martha Nussbaum, The Therapy of Desire: Theory and Practice in Hellenistic Ethics​
  • Quintus Cicero, Commentariolum Petitionis / Electioneering Handbook, and How to Win an Election: An Ancient Guide for Modern Politicians trans. Philip Freeman
  • Aristophanes, Assemblywomen & Wealth (Henderson’s translation)
  • Hippocratic Corpus: “The Oath,” “The Canon,” “Airs, Waters, Places,” “Aphorisms,” “Dreams (Regimen IV),” “A Regimen for Health,” & “The Seed & The Nature of the Child” in Hippocratic Writings, trans. G. E. R. Lloyd
  • Plato, Cratylus
  • Lucretius, De Rerum Natura, and Lucretius, On the Nature of the Universe, trans. Ronald Melville with notes by Don & Peta Fowler
  • Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, and The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius, trans. A. S. L. Farquharson, ed. R. B. Rutherford
  • Correspondence with Fronto

2015–2016

  • E.R. Dodds, The Greeks and the Irrational
  • Euripides, The Bacchae
  • Diane J. Rayor, The Homeric Hymns
  • Robin Waterfield, The First Philosophers
  • Charles H. Kahn, The Art and Thought of Heraclitus 
  • Ann Carson, If Not, Winter
  • Diane Rayor, Sappho: A New Translation of the Complete Works
  • Callimachus, Callimachus: Hymns, Epigrams, Select Fragments (trans. Lombardo & Rayor)
  • Catullus, The Poems of Catullus (trans. Guy Lee)
  • Ovid, Amores I.1
  • Ovid, Metamorphoses (trans. A. D. Melville)
  • Peter Green, trans., The Poems of Exile: Tristia and the Black Sea Letters
  • Martha Nussbaum, The Therapy of Desire: Theory and Practice in Hellenistic Ethics

2014–2015

  • Euripides, The Bacchae
  • W. Robert Connor, Greek Orations Gorgias, Encomium of Helen
  • Aristophanes, Frogs
  • Plato, “Apology of Socrates,” “Symposium,” and “Phaedrus” Aristophanes, “Clouds”
  • Longus, Daphnis and Chloe
  • Lucian, a selection of his satires and satiric dialogues
  • Seneca, Thyestes, Phaedra, Octavia

2013–2014

  • Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War
  • Aeschylus, Agamemnon
  • Aeschylus, Libation Bearers
  • Aeschylus, Eumenidies
  • Sophocles, Antigone
  • Sophocles, The Electras
  • Euripides, The Electras

2012–2013

  • Herodotus, Books 1-9
  • Aeschylus, Seven Against Thebes and Prometheus Bound
  • Sophocles, Philoctetes
  • Aristophanes, Acharnians and The Knights
  • Euripides, Hippolytus and The Suppliants
  • Gore Vidal, Creation
  • Thucydides, The Peloponnesian War

2011–2012

  • Greek lyric poets, including Sappho, Archilochus, and Alcaeus
  • Aeschylus, Persians
  • Sophocles, Electra
  • Euripides, Medea
  • Aristotle, Poetics
  • Homer, The Odyssey
  • Mason, The Lost Books of the Odyssey
  • Atwood, The Penelopiad

2009–2011

  • Hesiod, Theogony and Homeric Hymns
  • Homer, The Iliad andThe Odyssey 
  • Atwood, The Penelopiad