History Reading List

Reading List for PhD candidates in Ancient History

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

Greek Literature

  • Aeschylus: Persians
  • Appian: BC 1
  • Aristophanes: Acharnians
  • Aristotle: Constitution of the Athenians
  • Cassius Dio: 53
  • Demosthenes: Philippics 1
  • Dionysius of Halicarnassus: On Thucydides
  • Herodotus: 1
  • Homer: Iliad 1, 2, 18; Odyssey 2, 9, 11
  • Isocrates: Philip
  • Lucian: Quomodo historia conscribenda sit
  • Lysias: Against Eratosthenes
  • Maccabees 2
  • Plato: Symposium, Apology
  • Plutarch: PericlesAntonyDe Herodoti malignitate
  • Polybius: 1
  • Ps-Xenophon: Constitution of the Athenians
  • Sophocles: Oedipus Tyrannus
  • Thucydides: 1, 2.34–65, 3.35–85, 5.26, 84–116, 6.8–23, 7.84–87, 8.1
  • Fragmentary historians: Hellanicus in F. Jacoby, Die Fragmente der griechischen Historiker

Latin Literature

  • Ammianus Marcellinus: 22
  • Augustus: Res Gestae
  • Caesar: 2 books from Bellum Gallicum or Bellum Civile
  • Cicero: Pro MiloneDe republica; letters, as in D.R. Shackleton Bailey's Selected Letters
  • Ennius: fragments of Annales as in Skutsch's edition
  • Fronto: Principia historiae
  • Horace: Odes 3.1–6 (Roman Odes)
  • Juvenal: Satires 1, 3, 10
  • Livy: 1, 21, 22
  • Lucan: 1
  • Pliny the Younger: letters, as in A. N. Sherwin-White's Fifty Letters of Pliny
  • Quintilian: Institutio oratoria 10.1
  • Sallust: Jugurtha or Catiline; selected fragments of the Histories
  • Scriptores Historiae Augustae: Hadrian
  • [Seneca]: Octavia
  • Suetonius: Julius Caesar or Augustus and one other
  • Tacitus: Histories 1; Annals 4; either Agricola or Germania
  • Virgil: Aeneid 4, 6, 8
  • Fragmentary historians: Cato in H. Peter, Historicorum Romanorum Reliquiae