Fulfills the L&S breadth requirement in Arts & Literature.
Lucan's gory and horrific poem The Civil War (Bellum Civile, also known as Pharsalia) is the great literary achievement of the age of Nero and the most radical of ancient Roman epics.
We will read selected passages in Latin from The Civil War and the entire poem in English. Requirements will include a term paper, as well as midterm and final exams.
To learn to read Lucan with understanding and enjoyment. To improve the reading knowledge of Latin acquired in previous classes. To appreciate Lucan as poetry. To improve understanding of aspects of ancient culture (e.g. the aesthetics of violence, the lore of poisonous snakes, witchcraft) relevant to Bellum Civile.
Midterm and final exams will test your knowledge of grammar and ability to translate Latin passages prepared in class. In addition to prepared passages, each exam will include a short unseen passage for translation.