Professor Jennifer A. Rea
Office: Dauer 142
Office Hours T 3-5 and by appointment
Propertius and Tibullus
Course Goals and Expectations:
Close readings of Propertius IV and select poems of Tibullus
Study of Propertius and Tibullus's treatment of issues pertaining
to the city and community in Augustan Rome
Discussion of the ways in which modern scholars have addressed
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.
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.
Regular attendance and active participation are mandatory.
More than one absence will cause your final grade to be
Tardiness will count as half an absence.
GRADING WILL BE AS FOLLOWS: PAPER 30%; TESTS 60%; CLASS
There is two required texts for this class and one recommended
item. We will be using the OCT editions of Propertius and
Tibullus (required items) and I have recommended L. Richardson's
commentary. All items have been placed on order at the UF Bookstore.
I have placed select items on 2-hour reserve in Library West. It
is your responsibility to complete all readings before the class
DATES TO SCHEDULE:
Exams: February 13th; April 23rd
Rough Draft Due For Peer Editing: March 5th
Rough Draft Due: March 19th
Final Draft Due: April 23rd
January 9th "Beyond the Bedroom: Propertius and the Great World"
4.1-3 Secondary Reading:
Papaïoannou, S. 2003. “Founder, Civilizer and Leader: Vergil’s
Evander and His Role in the Origins of Rome,” Mnemosyne 56.6: 680-702 and
Rothwell, K. S. 1996. “Propertius on the Site of Rome,” Latomus 55.4: 829-54.
January 15th "Vestals Gone Wild: Tarpeia on the Capitoline"
4.4-6 Secondary Reading:
Gunther, H-C., "The Fourth Book," in Brill's
Companion to Propertius (Brill, 2006) and "Amor vs. Roma, City
and Individual in Elegy 4.4," 56-78 in Welch, T. 2005. The Elegiac Cityscape: Propertius and the Meaning of Roman
January 23rd "Holding Out for a Hero: Will the 'real' Hercules please
Secondary Reading: "Costume and Character,"in DeBrohun, J. B.
2003. Roman Propertius and the
Reinvention of Elegy. Ann Arbor and "Propertius and Hellenistic
Poetry" in Brill's Companion to
Propertius (Brill, 2006). Writing Assignment: Bring 3-5
typed pages to class on the following: Compare Vergil's account of
Hercules in Aeneid VIII
and Propertius 4.9
January 30th "Jupiter Capitolinus' Day Off"
Secondary Reading: "Augustus" in Cairns, F. 2006. Sextus Propertius. Cambridge and
Johnson, W. R. 1997. “Final Exit: Propertius 4.11” In Classical Closure. D. Roberts, F. Dunn and D.
Fowler, eds. Princeton: 163-180.
February 6th "Finding Archaic-Augustan Rome in Tibullus 2.5"
Tibullus 2.5 Secondary Reading:
Maltby, R. 2002. “Tibullus 2.5 and the Early History of Rome: A
Comparison of Tibullus 2.5, Virgil’s Aeneid
and Propertius 3.9 and 4.1,” Kleos
7: 291-304. Writing Assignment: Paper
Proposal -- Bring 3-5 typed pages to class. Your proposal should
include a clear project outline, methodology, timeline, and
bibliography. February 13th
Tibullus 1.1-2 Secondary Reading:
Miller, P. A., "The Tibullan Dream Text." TAPA 129 (1999): 181-224.
Primary Reading: Tibullus
1.3-4 Secondary Reading:
Wray, D. "What Poets Do: Tibullus on Easy Hands." CP 98 (2003): 217-50. March 5th
Draft Due: Bring 8-10 typed pages to class for peer
editing assignment Peer Editing Worksheet (Please print out
three copies and bring it with you to class)
Spring Break -
Tibullus 1.7-8 Secondary Reading:
Knox, P. "Milestones in the Career of Tibullus." CQ 55.1 (2005): 204-16.
Drafts of papers due by the start of our class Cover Sheet for Rough Draft
March 26th Primary Reading:
Tibullus 1.9-10 Secondary Reading: TBA