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Classical Tripos, 2000: Prescribed subjects and books

The Faculty Board of Classics give notice that the following subjects and books have been prescribed for the Classical Tripos, 2000 (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 252):


Paper 5. Greek literature

Schedule A

 1. Homer, Odyssey 6-8; Iliad 1, 3, 6, 9; Iliad 18-21.
 2. Sophocles, Electra; Oedipus Tyrannus; Trachiniae.
 3. Euripides, Troades; Hippolytus; Bacchae.
 4. Herodotus 1. 1-94; Thucydides 2. 1-65; Aristophanes, Lysistrata.
 5. Lysias 1 and Demosthenes 54; Plato, Republic 2; Demosthenes, Olynthiacs 1-3.
 6. Plato, Crito; Plato, Symposium; Aristophanes, Clouds.

Schedule B

 1. Homer, Iliad 22-24; Pindar, Olympians (as in G. Kirkwood, Selections from Pindar (1982)); Demosthenes, Epitaphios.
 2. Hesiod, Theogony; Homeric Hymns 3, 4, 5; Callimachus, Hymns 1, 2, 5, 6.
 3. Aeschylus, Oresteia.
 4. Semonides, fragment 7 and Sappho (as in D. A. Campbell, Greek lyric poetry (Bristol, 1982)); Aristophanes, Thesmophoriazusae; Menander, Epitrepontes.
 5. Pindar, Pythian 4; Euripides, Medea; Apollonius, Argonautica 3.
 6. Theocritus 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 14, 16, 18, 24, 28; Longus, Daphnis and Chloe 1 and 4.

Paper 6. Latin literature

Schedule A

 1. Lucretius 1; Cicero, Tusculans 1; Cicero, Cato maior.
 2. Virgil, Aeneid 1 and 12; Livy 5; Horace, Odes 4.
 3. Horace, Odes 1; Propertius 4; Ovid, Fasti 3.
 4. Ovid, Amores 2; Catullus 1-60; Propertius 1.
 5. Tacitus, Annals 4; Sallust, Catiline; Suetonius, Nero.
 6. Cicero, In Catilinam 1 and 2; Cicero, Pro Marcello; Tacitus, Agricola.

Schedule B

 1. Plautus, Pseudolus; Terence, Adelphoe; Horace, Satires 1.
 2. Virgil, Eclogues; Horace, Epodes; Virgil, Georgics 1 and 2.
 3. Catullus 61-68; Virgil, Aeneid 8 and 11; Ovid, Metamorphoses 8.
 4. Petronius, Cena; Juvenal 6; Apuleius, Cupid and Psyche.
 5. Seneca, Thyestes; Lucan 2; Statius, Thebaid 9.
 6. Horace, Epistles 1; Ovid, Tristia 1; Seneca, Epistles 1, 11, 12, 18, 28, 53, 56, 77, 79, 83, 84, 114.

Paper 7. Greek and Roman history

The paper will contain questions on the following topics:

Imperial Athens; Spartan government and society; Roman politics: Republican and Imperial; Christianity: origins, growth, and triumph; The later Roman Empire; Alexander the Great: myth, mission, and succession; Roman religion;

and on the following topics relating to both Greece and Rome:

Slavery; Gender and sexuality.

Paper 8. Greek and Roman philosophy and theology with particular reference to Plato

Plato, Symposium.

Paper 11.  Translation from English into Greek prose and verse

Designated authors: Lysias and Plato.

Paper 12. Translation from English into Latin prose and verse

Designated authors: Cicero (speeches) and the younger Seneca (letters and dialogues).



Paper A1. A prescribed Greek author or authors, and a prescribed Latin author or authors

Homer, Odyssey, and/or Virgil, Aeneid.

Paper A2. Prescribed Greek texts

Past and present in Hellenistic poetry.

Paper A3. Prescribed Latin texts

Ovid, Metamorphoses.

Paper A4. Greek and Latin textual criticism and transmission of texts

Sophocles, O.T. 513-1085; Catullus 1, 27-45, 62, 69-84.


Paper B1. Plato

Plato, Phaedo.

Paper B2. Aristotle

Aristotle, Physics II.

Paper B3. A prescribed subject or period in Greek and Roman philosophy

Politics and Poetics.


Paper C1. A prescribed period or subject of Greek history

Hellenistic Egypt: the Greek experience.

Paper C2. A prescribed period or subject of Roman history

Early Rome, c. 753-264 B.C.: myth, history, and archaeology.

Paper C3. A prescribed subject taken from ancient history

Money in the Ancient World.


Paper D2. A prescribed subject connected with early Hellenic archaeology or early Greek art

Early Hellenic archaeology.

Paper D3. A prescribed subject connected with Classical (Greco-Roman) art or the archaeology of the Greek and Hellenistic world

Classical (Greco-Roman) art.


Paper E2. Greek from Mycenae to Homer

Prescribed texts will be xeroxed and distributed to the class.

Paper E3. The origins and early history of the Latin language

Edited versions of all the prescribed texts will be available in xerox copies from the Faculty Office.


Paper X2. A subject specified by the Faculty Board from time to time

Classics in the twentieth century.

Paper X3. A subject specified by the Faculty Board from time to time

Personal politics.


Paper O1. Introduction to linguistic theory (Paper Li.1 of the Modern and Medieval Languages Tripos - New Regulations).
Paper O2. Greek literature, thought, and history, since 1910 (Paper 104 of Part II of the Modern and Medieval Languages Tripos - Old Regulations).
Paper O3. Tragedy (Paper 2 of Part II of the English Tripos).
Paper O4. History and theory of literary criticism (Paper 9 of Part II of the English Tripos).
Paper O5. Metaphysics (Paper 1 of Part IB of the Philosophy Tripos).
Paper O6. History of political thought to c. 1700 (Paper 19 of Part I of the Historical Tripos).
Paper O7. Continuity and change in Latin literature, from 200 to 650 (Paper ML1 of the Modern and Medieval Languages Tripos - New Regulations).
Paper O8. Christian life and thought in late antiquity with reference to specified topics (Paper 21 of the Theological and Religious Studies Tripos).
Paper O9. Early medieval literature and its background (Paper 8 of Part I of the English Tripos).
Paper O10. Transformation of the Roman world (Paper 12 of Part II of the Historical Tripos).
Paper O11. Classical traditions in the sciences (Paper 1 of the Natural Sciences Tripos, Part II, History and Philosophy of Science).
Paper O12. The practice of archaeology I (Paper A2, Archaeology, of Part IIA of the Archaeological and Anthropological Tripos - New Regulations).

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