Roman Forum

Survey of Latin Literature

Dr Jennifer Rea

Office: 142 Dauer Hall
Tel. 392 2075
Office Hours: 1-4 pm M and by appt.

CLT 3102 Survey of Latin Literature

Course Description:
How did the Romans experience their culture and define themselves in relation to it?  What makes Roman literature distinctly Roman? Over the course of the semester, we will explore the answers to these questions by examining Roman poetry, history, satire, drama and oratory, and we will discuss the political and social development of the Roman people. This class is designed to cultivate your critical thinking abilities; particularly in the area of literary analysis.

Course Goals:
The main goals of this course will be to explore the thematic connections between the assigned texts, to gain a  deeper understanding of these texts, and to appreciate how literature in ancient Rome has impacted the way in which we think and write about literature today.

Required Texts (all books have been placed on order at the University of Florida Bookstore):
Plautus, The Pot of Gold and Other Plays
Lucretius, On the Nature of the Universe
Catullus, The Poems of Catullus
Cicero, Selected Political Speeches
Vergil, The Aeneid
Tacitus, The Annals
Petronius, The Satyricon


Exam, Assignment, and Class Expectations:
Regular attendance and active participation in class discussion is expected. You should therefore plan to be present every week and be prepared to discuss the assigned readings. It is extremely difficult to be involved in the learning process unless you participate fully in class activities.  Thus, your participation in class discussion is especially critical.  You cannot make an effective contribution to the class if you come to class unprepared, are chronically late, or fail to attend class.  All assignments to be handed in must be submitted at the start of class on the due date.  Make-up examinations are rarely given and only for extraordinary circumstances beyond your control, such as a grave illness or family emergency. Grading will be traditional, i.e., only outstanding work will receive an A, good work will receive a  B, average work a C, etc.  There will be three exams (essay and short-answer format).

Grading (Dates to Schedule) :
2 exams + 1 final (3 x 25% each = 75%)
Class participation + Attendance = 25%

ADA Requirements

 If you have any disability or special concern, it is your responsibility to notify me at the start of the semester so that your needs may be accommodated.  You
 will also need to give me a letter from the Dean of Students Office indicating that you need academic accommodations.

Honor Code
(Source: web site: Code):
The following pledge is either required or implied on all work submitted for credit by University of Florida students: "On my honor, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid in doing this assignment." For a full statement of UF's Academic Honor Code see either the Undergraduate Catalog or the web site.