LNW 5675: Ovid's Fasti

Professor Jennifer A. Rea
W 3pm-6pm

Office: Dauer 142
Office Hours: W 1-3 and by appointment
Office Phone: 392-2075
E-Mail: jrea@ufl.edu

Course Description

What role did violence play in the formation of the Augustan city? What can we learn from modern scholars who study the phenomenon of "urban outsiders" when reading Ovid? How does Ovid's work influence our understanding of modern studies of the "ghost metropolis"?  In this course we will look at the significant role elegy plays in influencing Rome’s historical and literary tradition.  Seminar discussions will include: topography and monuments in Ovid’s Rome, the poet’s role in Augustan society, the aesthetics of violence in Ovid, and trends in recent Ovidian scholarship. Course evaluation will be based on: class participation (15%), presentations (15%), 2 exams (30%) and a paper (rough draft 20%, final draft 20%). 

Course Goals and Expectations:

Close readings of Ovid's Fasti
Study of Ovid's treatment of issues pertaining to the city and community in Augustan Rome
Discussion of the ways in which modern scholars have addressed these issues.


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.
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.

Grading Scale:
A= 100-93; A-=92-90; B+=89-88; B=87-83; B-=82-80; C+=79-78; C=77-73 (S); C-=72-70 (U); D+=69-68; D=67-63; D-=62-60; E= below 60.

N.B. UF does not consider C- to be a passing grade. 

Make up Exams: Make up exams are given 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 a make up exam.  Students with a valid excuse have one week after a missed exam (or one week after recovering from an illness) to take the make up exam. 

This course is in compliance with all UF policies regarding special needs and academic honesty. For details, see http://www.dso.ufl.edu/drc/ (special needs); http://www.dso.ufl.edu/studentguide/studentrights.php (academic honesty).

Required Text:

There is one required text for this class.  We will be using the 1997 Teubner edition of Ovid's Fasti (eds. Wormell, Alton, and Courtney; ISBN # 3-8154-1568-3) and I have placed it on order with the UF Bookstore. Do not worry if  you are unable to purchase a copy of it, please contact me.

Reserve Readings:

I have placed select items on reserve in Library West. It is your responsibility to complete all readings before the class meeting time. The list of reserve items is as follows:

Brill's Companion to Ovid Weiden Boyd,Barbara (ed.) (Item Available on Electronic Reserves)

Founding the Year: Ovid's Fasti and the Poetics of the Roman Calendar Pasco-Pranger, Molly
Greek Gods in Ovid's Fasti: A Greater Greece Parker, Hugh
Mythical and Legendary Narrative in Ovid's Fasti Murgatroyd, Paul
Ovid and the Fasti: An Historical Study Herbert-Brown,Geraldine

Ovid, Fasti I: A Commentary Green, Steven

Ovid Fasti II: A Commentary Miller, John
Ovid Fasti: Book IV Fantham, Elaine

A Commentary on Ovid's Fasti, Book 6 Littlewood, Joy
Ovid's Elegaic Festivals: Studies in the Fasti Miller, John
Ovid's Fasti: Historical Readings at its Bimillennium Herbert-Brown, Geraldine
Ovid's Fasti: Roman Holidays Nagle, Betty Rose
Ovid: Fasti Boyle, A.J. and Woodard, R. D.

Playing with Time: Ovid and the Fasti Newlands, Carole

The Cambridge Companion to Ovid Hardie, Philip (ed.)
The Poet and the Prince Barchiesi, Alessandro
Classical closure : reading the end in Greek and Latin literature, edd. D. H. Roberts, F. M. Dunn, and D. P. Fowler.

Syllabus :

August 25 "Beginnings: Janus, Germanicus, and Ovid"
Primary Reading: Fasti I.1-393
Secondary Reading:
Newlands, C. "Mandati Memores: political and poetic authority in the Fasti," in The Cambridge Companion to Ovid (ed. Philip Hardie): 200-16.
White, P. "Ovid and the Augustan Milieu," in Brill's Companion to Ovid (ed. Barbara Weiden Boyd): 1-25.
Graf, F. "Myth in Ovid," in The Cambridge Companion to Ovid (ed. Philip Hardie): 108-21.

September 1 "The Cow Must Die: Ovid, Proto-Rome, and the Ara Pacis"
Primary Reading: Fasti I.394-end
Secondary Reading
Fantham, E. "Ovid's Fasti: Politics, Language, and Religion," in Brill's Companion to Ovid (ed. Barbara Weiden Boyd): 197-233.
Miller, J. "The Fasti: Style, Structure and Time," in Brill's Companion to Ovid (ed. Barbara Weiden Boyd): 167-196.
Habinek, T. "Ovid and Empire," in The Cambridge Companion to Ovid (ed. Philip Hardie): 46-61.

September 8 "The Poet has Three Faces"
Primary Reading: Fasti II.1-421
Writing Assignment:
Bring 3-5 typed pages to class on the following: The story of Tarpeia in Propertius 4.4 and Fasti I.260-85

September 15 "Ovid and Callimachus"
Primary Reading: Fasti II.422-end
Secondary Reading: Barchiesi, pp. 47-78

September 22
Primary Reading: Fasti III.1-404
Secondary Reading: D. Feeney, Literature and Religion at Rome, Ch. 1 "Belief" (13-46) and Ch. 4 "Ritual" (115-36).
Writing Assignment:
Paper Proposal: Bring 3-5 typed pages to class. Your proposal should include a clear project outline, methodology, timeline, and bibliography

September 29
Exam I

October 6 "Vacatio Militiae: Ovid, Mars, and the Super-Cool Party People"
Primary Reading: Fasti III.405-end
Secondary Reading: D. Feeney. "Si licet et fas est: Ovid's Fasti and the Problem of Free Speech under the Principate." in A. Powell (ed.) Roman Poetry and Propaganda in the Age of Augustus.

October 13 Playing with Venus, Playing with Fire
Primary Reading: Fasti IV.1-392
Secondary Reading: J. Miller, "Ritual Directions in Ovid's fasti: Dramatic Hymns and Didactic Poetry," CJ. 75 (1980): 204-14

October 20
Primary Reading: Fasti IV.393-end
Secondary Reading: M. Beard, "A Complex of Times: No more sheep on Romulus' birthday," PCPS 33 (1987): 1-15.

October 27
Primary Reading: Fasti V.1-418
Writing Assignment
Rough Draft of Paper Due: Bring 8-10 typed pages to class for peer editing assignment
Peer Editing Worksheet (Please print out three copies of this and bring it with you to class)

November 3
Exam II

November 10 
Primary Reading: Fasti V.419-end
Drafts of papers due in my mailbox by 1pm Friday, November 12
Cover Sheet for Rough Draft

November 17
Primary Reading: Fasti VI.1-416
Secondary Reading: Secondary Reading: C. Newlands, Playing with Time, Ch. 7.

November 24
Writing Conferences

December 1
Primary Reading: Fasti VI.417-end
Secondary Reading: A. Barchiesi, "Endgames: Ovid's Metamorphoses 15 and Fasti 6," 181-208 in Classical closure : reading the end in Greek and Latin literature, edd. D. H. Roberts, F. M. Dunn, and D. P. Fowler (Princeton, 1997).

December 8
Final Paper Due