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Introduction Objectives Instructor Textbooks Requirements
Introduction.
 
   

The Lives of the Caesars by Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus offers warts-and-all biographies of the early Roman emperors.

Students will read excerpts from the Augustus, Caligula, and Nero in order to discover Suetonius’ purpose in writing the lives of these men — or are they monsters?

   
Objectives.
 

Students of CL 311 will

-- explore the genre of Roman biography;
-- read Suetonius in his cultural and literary context;
and
-- engage advanced Latin syntax and vocabulary.

Furthermore, students will develop critical reading and thinking skills through class discussion, quizzes, and written exercises.

   
Instructor.
 
 
Professor Dan Curley
     
 
Office: 210 Ladd Hall
Hours: MW 10:00 - 11:00 a.m, and by appointment.
Telephone: 518.580.5463
email: dcurley@skidmore.edu
   
   
Textbooks.
 

Required:

-- Carter, J. M.  Suetonius: Divus Augustus.  Bristol 1982.

Preface, Introduction, etc.
Text
Commentary
Indices

-- Edwards, C. (tr.)  Suetonius: Lives of the Caesars.  Oxford World's Classics 2000.

Augustus
Caligula
Nero

-- Lindsay, H.  Suetonius: Caligula.  Bristol 2002.

Preface, Introduction, etc.
Text
Commentary
Bibliography

-- Warmington, B.  Suetonius: Nero (Second ed.).  Bristol 2003.

Preface, Introduction, etc.
Text
Commentary

Recommended:

-- Oxford Latin Desk Dictionary. Oxford, 2005.

   
Requirements.
 

Class participation (30%)

Class participation involves more than just attendance.  Students must also keep up with the readings and participate actively during all sessions.  Students are also expected to come to class on time and to maintain an environment that promotes the exchange of ideas.

Furthermore, 10% of your participation grade will be drawn from our in-class discussion of scholarly articles on Suetonius.

Tests (40%)

Three take-home quizzes will be administered at regular intervals.  Each quiz will assess students' comprehension of Suetonian grammar, syntax, and themes. The quizzes will amount to 25% of this component of your grade.

The other 15% will derive from the final examination: Tuesday, May 5, 1:30 - 4:30.  The final will feature sight reading and an essay question.

Semester project (30%)

In the semester project for CL 311, students will collaborate on a grammatical and stylistic commentary on a portion of Suetonius' Augustus.

The project is due Wednesday, April 29 (the last day of class).  Preliminary work on the project is due at regular intervals throughout the term, often on Friday afternoons.

Guidelines, requirements, and schedule here.

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