Reading Lists for Qualifiying Exams

These lists are designed to help the candidate prepare for these exams, which will test competence in the Greek and Latin languages and familiarity with their various periods and styles. They are not intended to limit the student's reading to these authors and works, nor do they constitute a course of study adequate to the Ph.D. exam in Greek and Latin literature (although gaining a familiarity with the literary-historical import of the works on these lists forms a necessary component of the preparation for the later exams.)

Reading List for the Ph.D. Preliminary Examination in Greek

Aeschylus, Oresteia
Apollonius Rhodius, Argonautica 3.1-4.211
Aristophanes, Clouds, Frogs
Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics 1, Politics 3, Poetics 1447a-1456a32
Attic Orators, Selections from Antiphon and Isocrates in Jebb's school edition Bacchylides 3, 5, 17
Callimachus, Aetia frr. 1, 2, 67, 75, 112 (Pfeiffer); Iambi 4 (fr. 194 Pf.), 13 (fr. 203 Pf.), Hymn 2 (Apollo); Epigrams 1, 27, 28, (Pf.)
Demosthenes, De corona
Epigrams, Selections in Hopkinson, Hellenistic Anthology
Euripides, Bacchae, Trojan Women
Gorgias, Helen
Herodas, Mimiambos 7
Herodotus, Bk. 1
Hesiod, Theogony, Works and Days
Hippocrates, Airs, Waters, Places
Homer, Iliad 1-3, 6, 9, 16-18, 21-24; Odyssey 1, 5, 6, 9-13, 19, 22-24
Homeric Hymns, 2 (Demeter), 3 (Apollo)
Longus, Daphnis and Chloe
Lucian, True History
Lyric Poets, Selections in D. Campbell, Greek Lyric Poetry
Lysias 12
Menander, Dyscolus
Pindar, Olympian 1, Nemean 8, Pythian 1, 8
Plato, Apology, Republic 1, Phaedo, Symposium
Plutarch, Life of Demosthenes and the comparison with Cicero
Polybius, book 6
Sophocles, Oedipus Tyrannus, Antigone
Theocritus, Idylls, 1, 2, 7, 11
Thucydides, Bks. 1.1-23, 2 (entire)
Xenophon, Hellenica 1

Reading List for the Ph.D. Preliminary Examination in Latin

Apuleius, Metamorphoses 1, 4.28-6.24
Archaic Latin:
Accius, Armorum iudicium, Brutus, Medea (frr. in Ribbeck)
Cato, De agricultura, preface; Oratio pro Rhodiensibus (frr. in Malcovati)
Livius Andronicus (frr. in Morel-Büchner)
Naevius (frr. in Morel-Büchner)
Ennius, Annales, Bks. 1, 7, 8, and 9 (frr. in Skutsch); Medea (frr. in Jocelyn)
Lucilius 1-55, 482-495, 506-507, 532-534, 541-547, 1252-1258 (frr. in Krenkel)
Pacuvius, Dulorestes, Niptra (frr. in Ribbeck)
Twelve Tables (frr. in Riccobono)
Augustine, Confessiones 8
Caesar, Bellum Gallicum 1
Cicero, Pro Caelio, Philippic 2, Somnium Scipionis, Tusculans 1, letters in Shackleton
Bailey's school edition
Catullus (entire)
Horace, Odes 1-3, Sermones 1
Juvenal, Satires 1, 3, 10
Livy, Preface and Bk. 1
Lucan, Bellum civile 1
Lucretius, Bk. 1 and all proems
Martial, Bk. 1; 3.58; 4.1, 14; 5.1; 6.60, 93; 8.33; 9.3, 59; 10.37; 11.6; 17; 12.18
Ovid, Metamorphoses 1.1-2.400, Ars amatoria 1, Amores 1
Petronius, Cena Trimalchionis chh. 83-90, 110-113
Plautus, Miles Gloriosus
Pliny the Younger, Epp. 1.1, 6, 20; 3.21; 4.13; 5.8; 6.16, 20; 7.9, 17, 20; 8.21, 24; 9.10; 10.31, 32
Propertius, Bk. 1
Rhetoric:
Rhetorica ad Herennium 1.1-4, 3.16-40, 4.11-18
Seneca the Elder, Controversiae 1.pref. and 1.2; Suasoria 3
Quintilian, Inst. Or. proemium and Bk. 10
Sallust, Catilina
Seneca the Younger, Thyestes, De ira, Epp. 5, 47, 76, 77, 90
Suetonius, Iulius
Tacitus, Annales 1, Dialogus
Terence, Adelphoe and all prologues
Tibullus, Bk. 1
Vergil, Bucolics, Aeneid