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In this course we will read selections from Cicero’s fiery speeches against Mark Antony, the political heir apparent to Julius Caesar after his assassination. We will pair Cicero’s prose with selections from the poetry of Catullus, including verses targeting Caesar and his friends. As we read, we will review the fundamentals of Latin grammar and work towards reading fluency in Latin and a better appreciation of linguistic nuance. Moreover, these texts reflect and directly intervene in one of the most tumultuous periods of Roman history. By examining these texts also as evidence for the culture and politics of their time, we will consider the nature of political resistance in late Republican Rome, and investigate the wider cultural assumptions about gender, power, and community that these verbal attacks reveal.
Format: lecture; For Fall 2020, this course will use hybrid instruction, with synchronous meetings for both in-person and remote students (at the regularly scheduled times)
Grading: yes pass/fail option,
yes fifth course option
classroom performance, quizzes, short written assignments, a final project
CLLA 101-102 or 3-4 years of Latin in secondary school; consult the department
Classics majors and prospective majors