The Age of Augustus
MWF 11:00-12:10 in Cowell 131
Denarius of Caesar (deceased) and Antony, 43 B.C., Gaul
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Note that this is a provisional schedule and we may fall behind or move ahead; this page will be changed to reflect this. So check back often.
Link to the family tree of Augustus (a biggish file)
- January 6 First class: purely administrative
- January 8Introduction to the early history of Rome
- January 11The early Republic: Read Everitt, "Preface"; Mellor, "Principal Literary Sources for the Age of Augustus," pp. 51-56; Zanker, "Preface" and "Introduction"
- A Sections January 13 and 15: Tutorial on using JSTOR, BMCR, OCD, etc.
- January 13The beginning of the end of the Republic: Read Everitt, "Scenes from a Provincial Childhood: 63-48 B.C." and "The Great-uncle: 48-47 B.C."; Zanker Ch. 1; find the Oxford Classical Dictionary, 3rd edition rev. (OCD) at McHenry reserves and read the articles on Marcus Porcius Cato (cos. 195) and P. Cornelius Scipio Aemilianus Africanus (cos. 147)
- January 15Read Everitt, "A Political Master Class: 48-46 B.C." and "Unfinished Business: 46-44 B.C."; Mellor, Part 2 Section 1 Document 2; Suetonius, Life of Deified Julius Caesar
- January 18 University Holiday
- B Sections January 20 and 21: Tutorial on using JSTOR, BMCR, OCD, etc.
- January 20Read Everitt, "A Boy with a Name: 44 B.C." [death of Caesar]; Mellor, Part 2 Section 1 Document 3; Stanford Digital Forma Urbis Romae Project on the Theater of Pompey; nice article on the sidus Iulium: Scott, Kenneth, "The Sidus Iulium and the Apotheosis of Caesar," Classical Philology 36 (1941), 257-272 (JStor Link: http://www.jstor.org/stable/265276). Note that you must be logged in on cruzcat to see the full article from your own computer. Go to cruzcat's "Other databases" link, and search for JSTOR, then search for the article by author, title, or keywords.
- January 22Octavian and Antony: Read Everitt, "From Victory, Defeat: 44-43 B.C." [Mutina]; Mellor, Part 2 Section 1 Documents 4-6; Zanker Ch. 2
- January 25Test
- A Sections January 27 and 29: Read the entire Laudatio Turiae; an image of the Laudatio Turiae
- January 27Read Everitt, "Killing Fields: 43-42 B.C." [Philippi]; Mellor, Part 2 Section 1 Document 7
- January 29Read Cicero, Philippics 4 and 9 from Zetzel, James E. G., trans. Cicero. Ten Speeches. Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing, 2009; Everitt, "Divided World: 42-40 B.C." [Perusia, Antony and Cleopatra]; Mellor, Part 2 Section 1 Documents 8 and 9
- February 1 and February 1Read Everitt, "Golden Age: 40-38 B.C." [Livia]; Vergil Eclogue 1 and Eclogue 4
- B Sections February 3 and 5: Read the entire Laudatio Turiae; an image of the Laudatio Turiae
- February 3Read Everitt, "Fighting Neptune: 38-36 B.C." [Sextus] and "Parthian Shots: 36-35 B.C."; three copies of first drafts of first paper due
- February 5Read Everitt, "East is East and West is West: 35-34 B.C." [Donations of Alexandria]; Everitt, "The Phony War 33-31 B.C." Mellor, Part 2 Section 1 Document 9 and 10 [mutual propaganda] and "Showdown: 32-31 B.C."; Zanker Ch. 2; Plutarch, Life of Antony, selections
- February 5 Special Event: Lecture by Tom Walsh on Sappho and Aristotle; 4:30 p.m. in the Cowell Conference Room
- February 8 Test; Read Everitt,"A Long Farewell: 31-30 B.C."; Mellor, Part 2 Section 1 Document 11 [death of Cleopatra]; Horace Ode 1.37 and Propertius 3.11 (both embedded in lecture notes)
- A and B Sections February 10 and 12: bring corrected drafts; discussion of first papers in peer groups
- February 10 (see February 12 for lecture notes) Read Everitt, "Abdication: 30-27 B.C."; Mellor, Part 2 Section 3 Document 16; Zanker Ch. 3
- February 12Read Everitt, "Whom the Gods Love: 27-23 B.C." [crisis of 23]; Mellor, Part 2 Section 2 Documents 12-13; Zanker Ch. 4
- February 15 University Holiday
- A Sections February 17 and 19; discussion of Aeneid 1-4 (the story of Dido and Aeneas)
- February 17 Final draft of first paper due (include corrected first drafts)
- February 19Read Everitt, "Exercising Power: 23-17 B.C."
- February 22Read Everitt, "The Cult of Virtue: 20s B.C. - A.D. 9" [marriage law]; Mellor, Part 2 Section 5 Documents 25-27 [marriage]; Ovid Amores 1.1, 1.2, 1.4, 1.9, 2.1, 2.2, 2.12, 2.19, 3.4, 3.8 and Ars Amatoria 1
- B Sections February 24 and 26
- February 24More on Virtue: Horace, Carmen Saeculare (or see it in Latin, from the Society for Ancient Languages); Zanker Ch. 5
- February 26 Test; Mellor, Part 2 Section 5 Documents 21-24 [ruler cult; cult of Roma]; Zanker Ch. 8 [imperial myth and cult]
- March 1and March 1 Finish Vergil, Aeneid; Home and abroad: Read Everitt, "Life at Court " [daily life]; Mellor, 2.7.32-2.7.38; three copies of first drafts of second paper due
- A and B Sections March 3 and 5: bring corrected drafts; discussion of second papers in peer groups
- March 3Read Everitt, "Growing the Empire: 17-8 B.C." [deaths of Agrippa and Drusus]; Mellor, Part 2 Section 8 Documents 42 [Gnaeus Cornelius] and 43 [Tiberius];
- March 5Read Everitt, "A Family at War: 7 B.C. - A.D. 9" [Gaius and Lucius, retirement of Tiberius, banishment of elder Julia]
- March 8 and March 8Read Everitt, "The Unhappy Return: 2 B.C. - A.D. 9" [Parthian settlement, deaths of Lucius and Gaius, exile of Postumus and younger Julia]; Mellor, Part 2 Section 8 Documents 39-41;
- A and B Sections March 10 and 12: review for final test; make sure to bring Mellor and Vergil.
- March 10Read Everitt, "The Bitter End: A.D. 4-14" [clades Variana]; Mellor, Part 2 Section 6 Documents 30-31 [clades]; spend some time with the Battle in the Teutoburg Forest site; Mellor, Part 2 Section 8 Documents 44 [Claudius]
- March 12 Test; Death of Augustus: Read Mellor, Part 2 section 10 documents 53-59; Tacitus, Annals 1.1-3 [translation of the Annals available here]
- March 15 Final day of class Read Suetonius, Life of Augustus; Tacitus, Annals 1.1-3; final draft of second paper due (include corrected first drafts)
Good site for Images: Octavian to Augustus
Images of the Ara Pacis: http://www.arapacis.it/percorsi/galleria_fotografica (note that you must click on the little arrows where "immagine # di #" is written to look at all 17 images, or click on the thumbnails below); see also the image at http://www.arapacis.it/museo/storia.