World Literature: Emphasis in the Classical Tradition

GRADUATE COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION READING LIST SELECTED BY THE GRADUATE FACULTY

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The degree candidate is responsible for having read all of the following works:

GREEK LITERATURE:

Aeschylus. Oresteian Trilogy, Persians

Archilochus. Selected Poems1

Aristophanes. One Comedy (Suggested: Lysistrata or Clouds)

Aristotle. Poetics

Euripides. Medea and One Other Play

Hesiod. Theogony

Homer. Iliad, Odyssey

Plato. Euthyphro; Crito; Phaedo; Ion; Republic, Chapter 7 (“The Allegory of the Cave”)

Sappho. Selected Poems

Sophocles. Oedipus Tyrannus, Antigone

LATIN LITERATURE:

Catullus. Selected Poems

Horace. Ars Poetica

Ovid. Metamorphoses, Heroides

Plautus. One Play

Petronius. Satyricon

Terence. One Play

Virgil. Aeneid, Eclogues, Georgics

A candidate may also submit a list of readings to supplement, but not replace, the readings from the core list above. The supplementary list should be submitted for approval with the declaration of intent to take the comprehensive examination form.


1For selections and excerpts, see a standard anthology like Greek Lyrics (translated by Richmond Lattimore).

*Rev. 1 August 2014.


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