Unsinkable?  I think so.


So . . . a little reading list for a Ph.D. in Classics.



Apuleius “Cupid and Psyche”
Caesar Bellum Gallicum I, Bellum Civile III
Catullus All
Cicero Orations: Pro Caelio, Cat. I, Phil. II. Philosophical & Rhetorical: De Oratore I, Somnium Scipionis, Cato Maior. Letters: Stockton’s selection.
Claudian De Raptu I
Ennius Annales
Horace Odes: Satires I.1, 4, 5, 6, 9; II. 6; Epistles I.1, 7, 19; Ars Poetica
Juvenal 1, 3, 6, 10
Livy Praef., I, XXI, XXII
Lucan II
Lucretius I, III, V
Martial XI
Ovid Amores II; Heroides XVI-XXI; Ars Amatoria I; Metamorphoses I, VIII
Petronius Cena Trimalchionis
Plautus Pseudolus and Rudens
Pliny Half of Sherwin-White’s selection
Propertius I, IV
Quintilian X
Sallust Catiline or Jugurtha
Seneca Thyestes; Medea; Summers’ selection of Letters
Statius Silvae IV
Suetonius Augustus
Tacitus Annales I-VI or XI-XVI; Agricola; Histories I; Dialogus
Terence Adelphoe or Eunuchus
Tibullus I
Vergil All


Aeschines Against Timarchus
Aeschylus Oresteia
Apollonius III
Aristophanes Clouds, Frogs, Lysistrata
Aristotle Poetics
Bacchylides 5, 17
Callimachus Hopkinson’s selection
Demosthenes Against Meidias and Against Conon
Euripides Bacchae, Hippolytus, Medea, Heracles
Greek Anth. Hopkinson’s selection
Herodotus I, and two other books
Hesiod Theogony or Works and Days
Homer All
Hom. Hymns One of: Hermes, Aphrodite, Demeter, Delian Apollo
Isocrates Antidosis
Lucian Verae Historiae and Dialogues of the Courtesans
Lyric Campbell’s selection
Lysias Against Eratosthenes
Menander Dyscolus
Pindar Olympian 1, 2, 10, 14; Pythian 1, 4; Nemean 7, 8, 10; Isthmian 7, 8
Plato Phaedo, Symposium, Phaedrus, Apology, Ion, Republic IV, X 613b-end
Polybius VI. 1-42, 51-57
Sophocles Antigone, OT, Philoctetes
Theocritus 1, 2, 7, 11, 13
Thucydides I, II. 34-65, VI, VII
Xenophon Memorabilia I, Anabasis II-III.9


Readings in Latin Literature


H. Bardon, La Litterature latine inconnue (Paris, 1952)
M. Fuhrmann, Neues Handbuch der Literaturwissenschaft: Römische Literatur (Frankfurt, 1974)
E.J. Kenney and W.V. Clausen (edd.), The Cambridge History of Classical Literature II: Latin Literature (Cambridge, 1982)
R.E. Fantham, Roman Literary Culture from Cicero to Apuleius (Baltimore, 1996)
T. Habinek, The Politics of Latin Literature (Princeton, 1998)


G.E. Duckworth, The Nature of Roman Comedy: A Study in Popular Entertainment (Princeton, 1952)
E. Fraenkel, Elementi plautini in Plauto (Florence, 1960)
H.D. Jocelyn, The Tragedies of Ennius (Cambridge, 1967)
A.S. Gratwick, CHCL 77-137
A.J. Boyle, ed. Seneca Tragicus: RAMUS Essays on Senecan Drama (Berwick, Victoria, 1983)
R.C. Beacham, The Roman Theatre and its Audience (London, 1991)


R. Heinze, Virgils epische Technik (Leipzig and Berlin, 1915; repr. Darmstadt, 1957)
W.R. Johnson, Darkness Visible (Berkeley1976)
A.S. Gratwick, CHCL 60-76
O. Skutsch, The Annals of Quintus Ennius (Oxford, 1985)
P.R. Hardie, Cosmos and Imperium (Oxford, 1986)
J.B. Solodow, The World of Ovid’s Metamorphoses (Chapel Hill, 1988)
D.C. Feeney, Gods in Epic (Oxford, 1991)
A.J. Boyle (ed.), Roman Epic (London, 1993)


F. Klinger, Virgils Georgica (Zurich, 1963)
D. West, The Imagery and Poetry of Lucretius (Edinburgh, 1969)

Lyric and Elegy

L.P. Wilkinson, Ovid Recalled (Cambridge, 1955)
E. Fraenkel, Horace (Oxford, 1957)
W. Wimmel, Kallimachos in Rom (Wiesbaden, 1960)
L.P. Wilkinson, Golden Latin Artistry (Cambridge, 1963)
S. Commager, The Odes of Horace (Bloomington, 1967)
M. von Albrecht and E. Zinn (edd.), Ovid (Darmstadt, 1968)
G. Williams, Tradition and Originality in Roman Poetry (Oxford, 1968)
H.P. Syndikus, Die Lyrik des Horaz (Darmstadt, 1972-3)
M. Hubbard, Propertius (London, 1974)
F. Cairns, Tibullus: A Hellenistic Poet at Rome (Cambridge, 1979)
R.O.A.M. Lyne, The Latin Love Poets (Oxford, 1980)
H.P. Syndikus, Catull: Eine Interpretation (Darmstadt, 1984-5)
D.F. Kennedy, The Arts of Love: Five Studies in the Discourse of Roman Love Elegy (Cambridge, 1993)
S.E. Hinds, Allusion and Intertext (Cambridge, 1998)


F.E. Adcock, Caesar as Man of Letters (Cambridge, 1956)
P.G. Walsh, Livy: His Historical Aims and Methods (Cambridge, 1961)
A.D. Leeman, Orationis Ratio (Amsterdam, 1963)
R. Syme, Sallust (Berkeley and Los Angeles, 1964)
T.A. Dorey (ed.), Latin Historians (London, 1966)
T.J. Luce, Livy: The Composition of his History (Princeton, 1977)
R. Martin, Tacitus (Berkeley, 1981)
A.J. Woodman, Rhetoric in Classical Historiography: Four Studies (London and Sydney, 1988)
J. Marincola, Authority and Tradition in Ancient Historiography (Cambridge, 1997)


D.R. Shackleton Bailey, Cicero (London, 1971)
G.A. Kennedy, The Art of Rhetoric in the Roman World, 300B.C.-300A.D. (Princeton, 1972)
S. Bartsch, Actors in the Audience (Harvard, 1994)


G. Highet, Juvenal the Satirist (Oxford, 1954)
J.P. Sullivan (ed.), Satire (London, 1963)
N. Rudd, The Satires of Horace (Cambridge, 1966)
M. Coffey, Roman Satire (London, 1976)

The Novel

J.P. Sullivan, The Satyricon of Petronius (Ann Arbor, 1968)
J. Winkler, Auctor and Actor: A Narratological Reading of Apuleius’ “Golden Ass” (Berkeley and Los Angeles, 1985)
E.J. Kenney (ed.), Cupid and Psyche (Cambridge, 1991)

Readings in Greek Literature


W. Schmid and O. Stáhlin, Geschichte der griechischen Literatur (Munich, 1929-48)
E.R. Dodds, The Greeks and the Irrational (Berkeley and Los Angeles, 1951)
Lesky, History of Greek Literature (New York, 1963)
P.E. Easterling and B.M.W. Knox (edd.), The Cambridge History of Classical Literature I: Greek Literature (Cambridge, 1985)


A.B. Lord, The Singer of Tales (Cambridge, 1960)
K. Reinhardt, Die Ilias und ihr Dichter (Gottingen, 1961)
M. Parry, The Making of Homeric Verse, ed. A. Parry (Oxford, 1971)
G. Nagy, The Best of the Achaeans (Baltimore, London, 1979)
W.G. Thalmann, Conventions of Form and Thought in Early Greek Epic Poetry (Baltimore, 1984)
M.W. Edwards, Homer: Poet of the Iliad (Baltimore, 1987)
R. Martin, The Language of Heroes (Ithaca, 1989)
B.B. Powell, Homer and the Origins of the Greek Alphabet (Cambridge, 1991)
B.B. Powell & I. Morris, A New Companion to Homer (Leiden, 1997)


C.M. Bowra, Greek Lyric Poetry (Oxford, 1961)
E.L. Bundy, Studia Pindarica (Berkeley, 1962)
C. Calame, Les choeurs de jeunes filles en Grece archaïque (Rome, 1977)
D.A. Campbell, The Golden Lyre (London, 1983)
B. Gentili, Poetry and its Public in Ancient Greece, Eng. Tr. (Baltimore, 1988)


A.W. Pickard-Cambridge,The Dramatic festivals of Athens (Oxford, 1953)
A.W. Pickard-Cambridge, Dithyramb, Tragedy and Comedy (Oxford, 1962)


J. Jones, On Aristotle and Greek Tragedy (Oxford, 1962)
G.F. Else, The Origin and Early Forms of Greek Tragedy (Cambridge, 1965)
S. Goldhill, Reading Greek Tragedy (Cambridge, 1986)
P.E. Easterling (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Greek Tragedy (Cambridge, 1992)
F. Zeitlin, Playing the Other (Chicago, 1996)
L.K. McClure, Spoken like a Woman (Princeton, 1999)


K. Reinhardt, Aischylos als Regisseur und Theologe (Bern, 1949)
A. Lebek, The Oresteia (Washington, 1971)
O. Taplin, The Stagecraft of Aeschylus (Oxford, 1977)
T.G. Rosenmeyer, The Art of Aeschylus (Berkeley and Los Angeles, 1982)


B.M.W. Knox, The Heroic Temper (Berkeley and Los Angeles, 1964)
K. Reinhardt, Sophocles, Eng. tr. (Oxford, 1979)
R. Burton, The Chorus in Sophocles’ Tragedies (Oxford, 1980)


A.P. Burnett, Catastrophe Survived (Oxford, 1971)
C. Collard, Euripides, G&R Surveys (Oxford, 1981)
A.N. Michelini, Euripides and the Tragic Tradition (Madison, WI, 1987)


K.J. Dover, Aristophanic Comedy (Berkeley and Los Angeles, 1972)
S.M. Goldberg, The Making of Menander’s Comedy (Berkeley and Los Angeles, 1980)
R.L. Hunter, The New Comedy of Greece & Rome (Cambridge, 1985)
J. Henderson, The Maculate Muse (Oxford, 1991)
A.M. Bowie, Aristophanes: Myth, Ritual and Comedy (Cambridge, 1993)

Hellenistic Poetry

U. von Wilamowitz-Moellendorff, Hellenistische Dichtung (Berlin, 1924)
T.G. Rosenmeyer, The Green Cabinet (Berkeley and Los Angeles, 1969)
A.W. Bulloch, CHCL 541-621
G.O. Hutchinson, Hellenistic Poetry (Oxford, 1988)
R.L. Hunter, The Argonautica of Apollonius: Literary Studies (Cambridge, 1993)


C. Fornara, The Nature of History in Ancient Greece and Rome (Berkeley and Los Angeles, 1983)
W.R. Connor, Thucydides (Princeton, 1984)
S. Hornblower, Thucydides (Baltimore, 1987)
F. Hartog, The Mirror of Herodotus (Berkeley, 1988)
J. Gould, Herodotus (New York, 1989)
J. Marincola, Authority and Tradition in Ancient Historiography (Cambridge, 1997)


W.K.C. Guthrie, A History of Greek Philosophy (Cambridge, 1962-80)
A.A. Long, Hellenistic Philosophy: Stoics, Epicureans, Sceptics (London, 1974)
J.L. Ackrill, Aristotle the Philosopher (Oxford, 1981)
G.B. Kerferd, The Sophistic Movement (Cambridge, 1981)
G.S. Kirk, J.E. Raven, M. Scholfield, The Presocratic Philosophers (Cambridge, 1983)
R. Kraut, The Cambridge Companion to Plato (Cambridge, 1992)


G.A. Kennedy, The Art of Persuasion in Greece (Princeton, 1963)
N. Loraux, The Invention of Athens (Cambridge, 1986)
S. Usher, Greek Oratory (Oxford, 1999)

Literary Criticism

G.A. Kennedy (ed.), The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism Vol. I (Cambridge, 1989)
S. Halliwell, Aristotle’s Poetics (Chapel Hill, 1986)

Readings in Ancient Material Culture

W.R. Biers, The Archaeology of Greece (Ithaca-London 1996)
P. L. MacKendrick, The Mute Stones Speak: The Story of Archaeology in Italy, 2nd ed. (New York 1983)
P.L. MacKendrick, The Greek Stones Speak: The Story of Archaeology in Greek Lands, 2nd ed. (New York 1981)
N. H. Ramage and A. Ramage, Roman Art: Romulus to Constantine, 3rd ed. (Upper Saddle River, NJ 2001)


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