.....the lines
That young men, tossing on their beds,
Rhymed out in love’s despair
To flatter beauty’s ignorant ear.
– W.B. Yeats, The Scholars. 1915

In this class we will read selected Latin lyric loosely linked by the theme of amor, love expressed in
myriad guises to an extraordinary variety of “beloveds”, not all of them human. Our readings will be in Latin and a number of English translations. We will pay special attention to questions of genre, Greek antecedents, and the world of late Republican Rome. No knowledge of the Latin language is assumed.

Our Texts
Even in an age of great translations of the Greek and Roman classics, the poet's own words,although in a language no longer spoken, are still our surest guide to a path that all students may follow with profit and delight and it is our goal to examine - in the Latin language- a selection of verse connected with amor from poets of three generations. Since this class is intended for anyone interested in ancient epic (or language in general) regardless of their knowledge of Latin, I have tried to anticipate the needs of the "Latinless" in encountering a great poet in his own words by providing resources which are useful to beginner and advanced student alike.

I. Textus perscrutandus

Textus perscrutandus = a text to be studied/scrutinzed: Our "Textbook":
Daniel H. Garrison, The Student's Catullus. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1989. Pp. xv, 229. (4th Ed.
The instructor will have a limited number of copies of The Students' Catullus available for purchase at the first class. Please email kgirondel@gmail.com if you would like to reserve a copy.
N.B.- The instructor will provide text and vocabulary for the selections from Ovid and Martial, which are not included in Garrison’s text.


II.Textus adnotandus

Textus adnotandus = a text to be annotated: Our "Note Book":
This is a booklet which contains roughly 25 poems of Catullus (of the 116 attributed to him) (including the selections from Ovid and Martial and few extra goodies) formatted as "bare naked text" in 14 point Baskerville with two inch line intervals thus leaving lots of room for annotation and other markings, as well as comments on the teacher’s negligent instruction and/or atrocious personal hygiene.