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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