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Past Readings

2020–2021 Selected Works

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 Selected Works

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

2018–2019 Selected Works

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

2017–2018 Selected Works

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 Selected Works

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 Selected Works

  • 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 Selected Works

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 Selected Works

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

2012–2013 Selected Works

  • 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 Selected Works

  • 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

2009–2010 Selected Works

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