Course Description


A lot of the class content, assignments, and discussions will be focused on items that are relevant to teaching the Augustan Age authors, so a strong reading knowledge of Latin is essential. We are going to be exploring questions such as "When did the Aeneid become Augustus' poem?" and "What does the Ara Pacis tell us about the values of the community of Augustan Rome?"

There will also be much discussion of issues pertaining to Augustan Age history and culture as well.

Course evaluation will be based on: class participation (20%), presentations (2 x 15%), and two  assignments: (one pre-reading assignment (25%) and one review assignment (25%). 

Course Goals:

Students will work on their writing and analytical skills through close reading of the Latin authors in addition to review of modern scholarship.


Class Discussions
As a member of this seminar you are expected to arrive on time and be prepared to engage in a thoughtful, informed, and critical discussion of the primary and secondary readings.
Written Assignments
You must acknowledge that there is room in your work for improvement and be prepared to develop your own critical skills by contributing constructively during discussions of your classmates' writing and your own. All written assignments are to be handed in on time (see Late Assignments, below for policy on late work).  Work handed in late due to an unexcused absence will cause the assignment grade to be penalized one-half grade for every day the assignment is late.
Attendance Policy
Regular attendance and active participation are mandatory.
More than one absence will cause your final grade to be penalized.
Tardiness will count as half an absence.


Late Assignments: You will be allowed to hand in work late only for excused absences, such as required student participation in a university-sponsored event (you must submit official documentation to the professor from the appropriate faculty or staff member before the event); religious holidays (notify the professor within the first two weeks of class); medical emergencies (with documentation from a health care provider); family emergencies (with valid written documentation).  Regarding medical and family emergencies, it is your responsibility to notify me as soon as possible that you will need accommodations.  Students with a valid excuse have one week after a missed assignment (or one week after recovering from an illness) to hand in the work. 

Grading Scale:


  A    =  90 or above        C    =  70-73
             A-   =  87-89                 C-   =  67-69
             B+  =  84-86                 D+  =  64-66
             B    =  80-83                 D    =  60-63
             B-   =  77-79                 D-   =  57-59                    
             C+  =  74-76                 E    =  56 or below



      Grading Scale with GPA Equivalencies


       A      =     4.0                                         
       A-     =     3.67                                      
       B+    =     3.33                                
       B      =     3.0                                  
       B-     =     2.67                                      
       C+    =     2.33                                 
       C      =     2.0                                        
       C-     =     1.67
       D+    =     1.33                                         
       D      =     1.0                                   
       D-     =     0.67
       E      =     0.0  

This course is in compliance with all UF policies regarding special needs and academic honesty. For details, see (special needs); (academic honesty).

Unit One: Legendary Rome & Augustus

January 10, 2010 Legendary Rome and Romulus

Primary Text: Livy Ab Urbe Condita 1.3-1.16

Secondary Reading: Stem, Rex, “The Exemplary Lessons of Livy’s Romulus,” TAPA 137.2 (2007): 435-71. (Available online through the UF Library)

January 17, 2010 (No class, MLK Day is a UF Holiday)

January 24, 2010 The Archaic-Augustan City

Primary Text: Vergil’s Aeneid 8

Secondary Reading:  Aeneid 8: Images of Rome,” by A.J. Boyle and “The Aeneid as Foundation Story,” by Gary Miles in Reading Vergil’s Aeneid: An Interpretive Guide.” (Licensed as an e-book for UF Faculty, Staff and Students).

January 31, 2010 Augustan Values/Ara Pacis Augustae

Primary Text: Vergil’s Aeneid 12

Aeneid 12: Unity in Closure,” by Michael C.J. Putnam in Reading Vergil’s Aeneid: An Interpretive Guide.” (Licensed as an e-book for UF Faculty, Staff and Students).

Unit Two:  Rome & Augustus

February 7, 2010

Primary Text: Propertius 1

Secondary Reading: S.J. Heyworth’s “Propertius, Patronage and Poetry,” in the Bulletin for the Institute of Classical Studies (2007): (Online access through UF Library).

February 14, 2010

Primary Text: Propertius 4

Secondary Reading: Papaioannou, S. 2003. “Founder, Civilizer and Leader: Vergil’s Evander and His Role in the Origins of Rome. Mnemosyne 56.6: 680-702. (Online in JSTOR)

February 21, 2010

Primary Text: Tibullus 2

Secondary Reading: Orlin, E. "Augustan Religion and the Reshaping of Roman Memory," Arethusa 40.1 (2007):  73-92

February 28, 2010 Pre-Reading Assignment Due/Class Presentations

Suggested reading before completing this assignment: Rea, J. A., "Pre-Reading Strategies in Action: A Teacher's Guide to a Modern Foreign Language Teaching Technique." CPL Online 3.1 (Fall 2006): 1-7.

Unit Three: Roman Religion and Augustus

March 7, 2010 (No class, UF Spring Break)

March 14, 2010 Mars Ultor/ Ovid’s Fasti  1

Green, Steven, "Playing with Marble: The Monuments of the Caesars in Ovid’s Fasti" Classical Quarterly (2004): 224-39. (Available online through UF Library)

March 21, 2010

Primary Text: Ovid’s Fasti  6

Green, Steven, "Malevolent Gods and Promethean Birds: Contesting Augury in Augustus' Rome," TAPA 139 (2009): 147-67. (Available online through UF library)

March 28, 2010 Peer Editing Workshop

Unit Four: Augustus’ Legacy

April 4, 2010 Writing Conferences

April 11, 2010 Review Assignment Due/Class Presentations

April 18, 2010 Res Gestae/Course Conclusion