The one a brilliant strategist, the other preeminent in the courts, Caesar and Cicero were both master politicians whose ambitions for their country and themselves brought them into bitter conflict. Their combined oeuvres provide compelling, detailed accounts of the events and personalities that ended the Roman republic and ushered in an era of prolonged civil war. Moreover, despite striking stylistic differences, their works jointly are regarded as the acme of classical Latin prose. In this course we will read extensive selections from Caesar’s commentaries and Cicero’s speeches and correspondence, aiming throughout at better understanding their rhetorical brilliance and pragmatic persuasive goals.
The Class: Type: recitation/discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on class participation, several short written assignments (such as article reviews), a midterm exam and essay of moderate length, plus a final exam and longer paper
Prerequisites: CLLA 302 or permission of instructor
Distributions: Division I;