Archaeology Reading List

Reading List for PhD candidates in Classical Archaeology

The major language translation examination (see under General Examinations) will be based on the following list. Students are also urged to read widely in translation from authors and works not included in the list.

Students may make substitutions of authors or works under the same conditions as students taking the degree in Classical Philology.

Greek Literature

  • Aeschylus: Agamemnon
  • Aristophanes: Frogs
  • Aristotle: Poetics
  • Demosthenes: Philippics 1
  • Epigrams (numbered as in Page, Epigrammata Graeca): Callimachus II–V, VIII, XI, XIV–XV, XXIX–XXX, XXXIV, XXXVIII, XLIII, XLV, LI–LIII, LVI, LIX, LXVII, Posidippus IX, XXIV
  • Euripides: Bacchae
  • Herodotus: 1
  • Hesiod: Theogony
  • Homer: Iliad 1, 18, 22, 24; Odyssey 1, 7, 9, 19
  • Inscriptions: R. Meiggs and D. Lewis, A Selection of Greek Historical Inscriptions #23 (Themistocles Decree), 93 (epigram for a Lycian dynast), J. H. Oliver, Greek Constitutions #2 (rescript on tomb-violation)
  • Lyric poetry: selections from Sappho, Alcaeus, Archilochus, and Simonides, as in D. Campbell, Greek Lyric Poetry
  • Lysias: 1
  • Pausanias: 1, 5
  • Philostratus the Younger: Imagines
  • Plato: Symposium
  • Sophocles: Oedipus Tyrannus
  • Theocritus: 1, 7
  • Thucydides: 1; 6.72–105; 7.1–17, 21–24, 36–87

Latin Literature

  • Augustus: Res Gestae
  • Catullus: 63, 64, 66
  • Cicero: letters, as in D. R. Shackleton Bailey's Select LettersFourth Verrine Oration
  • Horace: Satires I
  • Juvenal: 3
  • Lex de imperio Vespasiani, as in M. Crawford's Roman Statutes
  • Livy: 1, 6
  • Martial: 1, 14
  • Ovid: Metamorphoses 10
  • Petronius: Satyrica 26.7–78
  • Pliny the Elder: Natural History 34–35
  • Pliny the Younger: Epistulae 1.1, 3, 15; 2.1, 6, 17; 3.5, 6, 16, 19, 21; 4.28, 30; 5.6, 11; 6.16, 20; 7.24; 8.8; 9.7, 33, 36; 10.61, 62, 70, 71, 90, 91, 96, 97
  • Propertius 1
  • Scriptores Historiae Augustae: Life of Hadrian
  • Seneca: Epistulae Morales 7, 12, 47, 51, 56, 86, 88
  • Statius: Silvae 1.1, 3; 2.2; 4.6
  • Suetonius: Life of Nero
  • Tacitus: Annals 14
  • Virgil: Aeneid 4, 6, 8
  • Vitruvius: De Architectura 1