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Unit 1: Catullus on Poetry >>
   

In this, our introductory unit, we will get our bearings on Roman lyric from Catullus's own views on poetry — his own and that of others.

What is the difference between a doctus poeta and a hack? Between, say, a Calvus or a Cinna and a Suffenus or a Caesius? More important, where does Catullus belong within this range?

  Wednesday, September 3
  Topics for today:
 

-- Overview, website, and requirements
-- The idea of a seminar
-- Life and times of Catullus
-- Book beginnings:  Cat 1.1-4
-- Introduction to scansion

  Monday, September 8
  Due:
 

-- Review course website
-- Thomson, Introduction, 1-6
-- Wiseman, Ch. 1, 1-14; Ch. 2, 15-26
-- Cat. 1, 22, 105
-- Scansion drill 1

   
  Topics for today:
 

-- Reports: overview

  Wednesday, September 10
  Due:
 

-- Cat. 14, 36
-- Wiseman, Ch. 2, 26-53

   
  Topics for today:
 

-- Report: Ryan on Licinius Calvus and Io

  Monday, September 15
  Due:
 

-- Cat. 95, 42
-- Wiseman, Ch. 3, 54-74
-- Scansion drill 2

   
  Topics for today:
 

-- Report: Flier on Cinna and Zmyrna

  Wednesday, September 17
  Due:
 

-- Cat. 50, 116
-- Wiseman, Ch. 3, 75-91

   
  Topics for today:
 

-- Semester project: overview
-- Quiz 1 available

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