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Classical Tripos, 2003: Prescribed subjects and books

The Faculty Board of Classics give notice that the following subjects and books have been prescribed for the Classical Tripos, 2003 (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 250):

Part I

Paper 5. Greek literature

Topic 1. The Iliad and responses to it

Schedule A: (1) Iliad 1, 3, 6 (2) Iliad 21, 24 (3) Iliad 9, 18.

Schedule B: Odyssey 11; Sophocles, Ajax; Euripides, Troades; Plato, Laches; Thucydides 2.1-65.

Topic 2. Comedy

Schedule A: (1) Aristophanes, Acharnians (2) Menander, Dyscolus (3) Aristophanes, Thesmophoriazousai.

Schedule B: Aristophanes, Clouds; Aristophanes, Birds; Aristophanes, Lysistrata; Aristophanes, Frogs; Menander, Epitrepontes; Menander, Samia.

Topic 3. The House of Atreus

Schedule A: (1) Sophocles, Electra (2) Euripides, Electra (3) Aeschylus, Agamemnon.

Schedule B: Aeschylus, Choephoroi; Aeschylus, Eumenides; Euripides, Iphigeneia among the Taurians; Euripides, Orestes; Euripides, Iphigeneia at Aulis.

Topic 4. Love stories

Schedule A: (1) Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite, Sappho 1, 16, 31, Archilochus, 'Cologne Epode' (2) Plato, Symposium (3) Theocritus 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 11, 13.

Schedule B: Odyssey 6; Sophocles, Trachiniae; Apollonius, Argonautica 3; Longus, Daphnis and Chloe; Plutarch, Amatorius.

Paper 6. Latin literature

Topic 1. Roman love elegy

Schedule A: (1) Propertius 1 (2) Tibullus 1 (3) Ovid, Amores 1.

Schedule B: Catullus 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 11, 36, 37, 51, 58, 68, 70, 72, 75, 76, 79, 85, 87, 92, 104, 107, 109; Horace, Epodes 11, 14, 15; Horace, Odes 1.33; 2.9; 3.10; Propertius 2, 3; Tibullus 2; Ovid, Amores 3; Ovid, Ars Amatoria 1; Ovid, Remedia Amoris.

Topic 2. The countryside in Roman urbanity

Schedule A: (1) Virgil, Eclogues, Virgil, Georgics 4.116-48; (2) Horace, Satires 1.8, 2.2, 2.4, 2.6; Horace, Epode 2; Horace, Odes 2.15, 3.13, 18, 23; Horace, Epistles 1.10, 14, 16; (3) Statius Silvae 1.3, 1.5, 2.2, 2.3, 4.5; Ps.-Virgil, Moretum.

Schedule B: Varro, De re rustica 3; Ovid, Medicamina; Grattius, Cynegetica; Seneca, Epistles 86; Columella, De re rustica 10; Pliny, Natural Histories 19; Ps.-Virgil, Copa; Pliny Letters 1.6, 2.17, 3.19, 5.6, 9.36.

Topic 3. The Neronian Period. Spectacles of power and the inner self

Schedule A: (1) Lucan 8 (2) Seneca, Thyestes (3) Petronius, Cena Trimalchionis.

Schedule B: Lucan 9; Persius 1, 5, 6; Calpurnius Siculus 1, 4, 7; Seneca, Epistles (as in Costa); Seneca, Medea; Suetonius, Nero; Tacitus, Annals 15.

Topic 4. Life and afterlife

Schedule A: (1) Cicero, Tusculans 1 (2) Ovid Metamorphoses 15 (3) Virgil, Aeneid 6.

Schedule B: Cicero, Somnium Scipionis; Cicero, Pro Archia; Lucretius 3; Propertius 4.7; Seneca, Apocolocyntosis; Pliny, Letters 7.27.

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; The later Roman Empire; Alexander the Great: myth, mission, and succession; Roman religion; The Hellenistic world;

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

Slavery; Families in the ancient world.

Paper 8. Greek and Roman philosophy

Plato, Republic 473c11-535a1; Lucretius, De rerum natura II 61-332, 730-1022, III 94-416, 830-1094.

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).

Part II

GROUP A (LITERATURE)

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

Tragedy and politics.

Paper A3. Prescribed Latin texts

Apuleius, Metamorphoses.

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

Sophocles, O.T. 911-1525; Catullus 1, 51-62, 65-6.

GROUP B (PHILOSOPHY)

Paper B1. Plato

Plato, Theaetetus.

Paper B2. Aristotle

Aristotle's moral and political thought.

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

Accident or Design?

GROUP C (HISTORY)

Paper C1. A prescribed period or subject of Greek history

Societies and Economies of the Ancient Greek World.

Paper C2. A prescribed period or subject of Roman history

Power and Dependence: Modes of control in the Roman household and society, c. 50 BC - c. AD 300.

Paper C3. A prescribed subject taken from ancient history

Money in the Ancient World.

Paper C4. A subject in ancient history (Paper 12 of Part II of the Historical Tripos).

Transformation of the Roman world.

GROUP D (ARCHAEOLOGY)

Paper D2. A topic within Classical archaeology and/or art

Mediterranean landscapes (Italy, 800 BC - AD 500).

Paper D3. A topic within Classical archaeology and/or art

The Classical body.

Paper D4. A topic within Classical archaeology and/or art

The archaeology of Roman urbanism.

GROUP E (LANGUAGE)

Paper E2. Greek from Alexander to the Fall of Constantinople

Prescribed texts will be photocopied and distributed to the class.

Paper E3. Latin as a World Language: from Classicism to Christianity

Prescribed texts will be photocopied and distributed to the class.

GROUP X

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

Cultural identity in the Ancient World.

GROUP O

Paper O1. Introduction to linguistic theory (Paper Li.1 of the Modern and Medieval Languages Tripos).

Paper O2. Greek literature, thought, and history, since 1900 (Paper Gr. 6 of Part II of the Modern and Medieval

Languages Tripos).

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. Introduction to Neo-Latin literature, 1350-1700 (Paper NL1 of the Modern and Medieval Languages

Tripos).

Paper O8. Judaism and Hellenism (Paper D2(d), Theological and Religious Studies Tripos - New Regulations).

Paper O9. Early medieval literature and its background (Paper 8 of Part I of the English Tripos).

Paper O10. The Romance languages (Paper CS1 of the Modern and Medieval Languages Tripos).

Paper O11. Classical traditions in the sciences (Paper 1 in History and Philosophy of Science of Part II of the

Natural Sciences Tripos).

Paper O12. The practice of archaeology I (Paper A2 in Archaeology of Part IIA of the Archaeological and

Anthropological Tripos).


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