CLA 57 — Great Books, Big Ideas from Antiquity: Rome
Each week will focus on one particular text and concept or method, and by the end of the course, students should have an educated idea of the history of Roman literature in its archaic, classic, and “post-classic” periods; exposure to a sample of its enduring literary masterpieces; and a notion of some of the major contributions Rome made to Western civilization.
This is the second of two courses on ancient literature. The first course, “Great Books, Big Ideas from Antiquity: Greece” (Fall 2018), covered works from Homer, Aeschylus, and Herodotus, while this course will focus on Lucretius to Augustine. While these courses build upon one another, each course can be taken independently as well.
Christopher Krebs, Associate Professor of Classics, StanfordChristopher Krebs studied Classics and philosophy in Berlin, Kiel, and Oxford and taught at Harvard before coming to Stanford. He is the author of A Most Dangerous Book: Tacitus’s Germania from the Roman Empire to the Third Reich, which received the 2012 Christian Gauss Award. Krebs has also written for The Wall Street Journal and The Times Literary Supplement.
Textbooks for this course:
(Required) Caesar, Trans. C. Hammond, The Gallic War (Oxford World Classics) (ISBN 978-0199540266)
(Required) Caesar, Trans. C. Hammond, Selected Political Speeches (Penguin) (ISBN 978-0140442144)
(Required) Sallust (Author), William W. Batstone (Author) , Catiline’s Conspiracy, The Jugurthine War, Histories (Oxford University Press, 2010) (ISBN 978-0192823458)
(Required) Virgil, Trans. R. Fagles, The Aeneid (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) (ISBN 978-0143105138)
(Required) Ovid, Trans. A. D. Melville, Metamorphoses (Oxford World Classics) (ISBN 978-0199537372)
(Required) Ed. D. Norton, The Bible (Penguin Classics) (ISBN 978-0141441511)
(Required) Tacitus, Trans. J. C. Yardley, The Annals (Oxford World Classics) (ISBN 978-0192824219)
(Required) Tacitus, Ed. J. Rives, The Agricola and the Germania (Penguin) (ISBN 978-0140455403)
(Required) Augustinus, Trans. Chadwick, Confessions (Oxford World Classics) (ISBN 978-0199537822)
(Required) Christopher Krebs, A Most Dangerous Book: Tacitus’ Germania from the Roman Empire to the Third Reich (New York: W.W. Norton, 2012) (ISBN 978-0393342925)