Pliny and Trajan|
Spring 2011 not offered
Selections from Books 1-9 of Pliny's letters will be read to introduce the range of topics found in the letters and the friends and relations who received them. Next, we will read all of Book 10, which collects the correspondence with the emperor Trajan when Pliny was governor of the province of Bithynia-Pontus. Our goal in studying this book is to work out how Pliny understood his relationship as a senator and subject to the emperor Trajan. To help meet this goal, we will read in addition selections in Latin from Pliny's PANEGYRIC TO TRAJAN and in English parts of Dio Chrysostom's ON SOVEREIGNTY. Finally, we will consider how Trajan and his reign was depicted in art, especially in the famous Column of Trajan and the Beneventum Arch.
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|Course Format: Language||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Pliny, LETTERS, Books 1-9 (selections), Book 10 (entire); PANEGYRIC TO TRAJAN (selections).
Dio Chrysostom, ON SOVEREIGNTY (selections).
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Brief response papers, two translation exams, and a final paper.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Grading will be based in part on translating in class and discussion. Students should normally have taken at least one Latin course at the 200 level or equivalent. In doubtful cases, consult with the instructor.
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