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Greek Literature Graduate Reading List 2009-2010 (Provisional)

With
Suggested Editions and Commentaries
In Greek:
Fall Semester
Herodotus:

30-40 pages OCT: Selections from: Proem (1.1-1.5), Oracle of Cyme (1.157159), Luck of Polycrates (3.39-43, 3.46, 3.120-125); Dreams of Xerxes (7.127.19); Athens saves Greece (7.18-7.144); Beginning and End: Pythius and
Artactes (7:38-40, 9:116-122) (2 weeks)
Aeschylus: Persians (3 weeks)
Thucydides: History of the Peloponnesian War 1.1-12, 20-23 (2 weeks)
Plato
In class with IEH
Lysias
Against Eratosthenes (2 weeks)
Spring Semester
Homer:
Hesiod:
Lyric:

Iliad 1, 3 and 9 (3 weeks)


Theogony 1-332, 506-616 (2 weeks)
Archilochus 1, 2, 6, 22, 60, 77 112; Semonides 7; Alcman 1; Solon 23, 24;
Stesichorus 185, 223; Sappho 1, 2, 16, 31; Alcaeus 6, 326; Anacreon 358, 360,
395, 417; Simonides 521, 543, 92D, 121D (2 weeks)
Pindar
Olympian 1, Pythian 1 (2 weeks)
Sophocles and Euripides In class with LMB (Euripides Herakles and Sophocles Philoctetes)
In Translation:
Homer:
Hesiod:
Herodotus
Aeschylus:
Sophocles:
Euripides:
Thucydides:
Plato:
Aristotle:

All Iliad and Odyssey


All Theogony and Works and Days
Book 1
Oresteia
OT, Trachiniae, Ajax
Alcestis, Medea, Hippolytus, Bacchae
Book 1
Symposium
Poetics
Editions and Commentaries

Homer:

Homeri Opera. Vol. 1. Iliadis I-XII. Edited by Monro and Allen, 3rd ed. Oxford:
Clarendon Press, 1982.

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Kirk, G. S., ed. The Iliad: A Commentary. Volume I: books 1-4. Cambridge:
Cambridge University Press, 1985.
Hainsworth, Bryan, ed. The Iliad: A Commentary. Volume III: books 9-12.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993.
Hesiod:

Hesiodi Opera. Edited by Friedrich Solmsen. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1983.


West, M. L., ed. Theogony Hesiod. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1966.

Pindar:

Gerber, Douglas. (1981). Pindar's Olympian 1: A Commentary. Toronto.


Gildersleeve, B.L. (1885/1965) Pindar: Olympian and Pythian Odes.
Amsterdam: Adolf M. Hakkert.

Herodotus:

Historiae. Vols. 1 and 2. Charles Hude, ed. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1966.
Commentary: W.W. Howe and J. Wells. (1912/1989). A Commentary on
Herodotus in 2 Volumes, Vol. 2 (Books 5-8). Oxford.

Euripides:

OCT or Bryn Mawr commentaries, Hackett Press

Lyric:

Campbell, David (1990). Greek Lyric Poetry. Bristol, and further volumes to be
announced with GREE 402.

Aeschylus:

Hall, Edith, ed. Persians. Aris & Phillips. Available on oxbowbooks.com.

Sophocles:

TBA.

Thucydides: OCT
Rusten, J.S. (1989) Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War, book II. Cambridge.
Hornblower, Simon (1997) A Commentary on Thucydides. Oxford.
Plato:

Burnet, John, ed. Plato: Euthyphro, Apology of Socrates, Crito. Oxford:


Clarendon Press, 1977.

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Evaluation

Grades will be awarded in accordance with the procedures in the U.Vic calendar 2009-2010.
Short essays must be turned in on the due date; there will be no late papers; non-submission
will result in 0% for that assignment.
Preparation and Participation
First Term:
3
10-page essays @ 7%
3
1-hr examinations @ 7%
Dates TBA
TOTAL
Second Term:
3
10-page essays @ 7%
3
1-hr examinations @ 7%
Dates TBA
TOTAL
Total

16%
21%
21%
50%
21%
21%
50%
100%

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Secondary Material
General (for reference)
Cambridge Ancient Greek Literature
Lesky, Albin. History of Greek Literature.

FEMINISM
Homer
Cohen, Beth, ed. The Distaff Side: Representing the Female in Homer's Odyssey. Ann Arbor:
Michagan, 1994.
Felson-Rubin, Nancy. Regarding Penelope. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1994.
Katz, Marilyn Arthur. Penelope's Renown: Meaning and Indeterminacy in the Odyssey.
Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1991.
Slatkin, Laura. The Power of Thetis: Allusion and Interpretation in the Iliad. Berkeley:
University of California Press, 1991.
Tragedy
Foley, Helene P. (2001). Female Acts in Greek Tragedy. Princeton: Princeton University Press,
2001.
Goff, Barbara, ed. History, Tragedy, Theory: Dialogues on Athenian Drama. Austin:
University of Texas Press, 1995.
McClure, Laura. Spoken Like a Woman: Speech and Gender in Athenian Drama. Princeton:
Princeton University Press, 1999.
Rabinowitz, Nancy. Anxiety Veiled: Euripides and the Traffic in Women. Ithaca: Cornell
University Press, 1993.
Wohl, Victoria. Intimate Commerce: Exchange, Gender and Subjectivity in Greek Tragedy.
Austin: University of Texas Press, 1998.
Lyric
Carson, Anne. Eros the Bittersweet. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1986.
DuBois, Page. Sappho Is Burning. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1995.

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Stehle, Eva.

Performance and Gender in Ancient Greece: Nondramatic Poetry in its Setting.


Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1997.

Plato
Bat-Ami Bar On. Engendering Origins: Critical Feminist Readings of Plato and Aristotle.
Albany: State University of New York Press, 1994.
Halperin, D. (1990). "Why is Diotima a Woman?" One Hundred Years of Homosexuality, and
Other Essays on Greek Love. New York, Routledge: 113-151.
General
McClure, Laura and Lardinois, Andre, eds. Making Silence Speak: Women's Voices in Greek
Lliterature and Society. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2001.
Rabinowitz, Nancy, and Amy Richlin. Feminist Theory and the Classics. New York:
Routledge, 1993.

PERFORMANCE
Homer
Nagy, Gregory. Poetry as Performance; Homer and Beyond. Cambridge: Cambridge
University
Press, 1996.
___________. Plato's Rhapsody and Homer's Music: the Poetics of the Panathenici Festival in
Classical Athens. Washington, D.C., Center for Hellenic Studies, Trustees for
Harvard University, 2002.
Taplin, Oliver. Homeric Soundings: the Shaping of the Iliad. Oxford: Clarendon University
Press, 1992.
Lyric
Stehle.
Tragedy
Goldhill, Simon and Robin Osborne, eds. Performance Culture and Athenian Democracy.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999.
Marshall
Taplin

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NARRATOLOGY
Homer
Jong, Irene de. Narrators and Focalizers: the Presentation of the Story in the Iliad. Amsterdam:
B. R. Gruner Pub. Co., 1987.
Holmberg, Ingrid. "The Sign o f Metis." Arethusa 30 (1997): 1-33.
Herodotus
Hartog, Francois. The Mirror of Herodotus: the Representation of the Other in the Writing of
History. Trans. Janet Lloyd. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1988.

DECONSTRUCTION
Homer
Peradotto, John. Man in the Middle Voice: Name and Narartion in the Odyssey. Princeton:
Princeton University Press, 1990.
Hesiod
Pucci. Pietro. Hesiod and the Language of Poetry.
Tragedy
Goldhill, Simon. Aeschylus, the Oresteia. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2nd ed. 2004.
Plato
Derrida, Jacques. Dissemination. Trans. Barbara Johnson. Chicago: University of Chicago
Press, 1981.
Neel, Jasper P. Plato, Derrida, and Writing. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press,
1988.

MARXISM/ECONOMICS
Homer/Tragedy
Seaford, Richard. Money and the Early Greek Mind: Homer, Philosophy, Tragedy. Cambridge:
Cambridge University Press, 2004.

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Pindar
Kurke, Leslie. Traffic in Praise: Pindar and the Poetics of Social Economy. Ithaca: Cornell
University Press, 1991.
General
Rose, Peter. Sons of the Gods, Children of Earth: Ideology and Literary Form in Ancient
Greece. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1992.

AUDIENCE RECEPTION
Homer
Doherty, Lillian. Siren Songs: Gender, Audiences, and narrators in the Odyssey. Ann Arbor:
University of Michigan Press, 1995.
Tragedy

POST/STRUCTURALIST/ANTHROPOLOGY
Hesiod
Vernant, Jean-Pierre. In Myth and Tragedy in Ancient Greece. J.-P. Vernant and P. VidalNaquet. New York, Zone Books, 1988.
Lyric
Svenbro, Jesper. Phrasikleia: An Anthropology of Reading in Ancient Greece. Trans. Janet
Lloyd. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1993.
Winkler, John. "Double Consciousness in Sappho's Lyrics." In The Constraints of Desire.
Tragedy
Vernant, Jean-Pierre see above.
General
Girard, Rene. Violence and the Sacred. Trans. Patrick Gregory. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins
University Press, 1977.
Vidal-Naquet. The Black Hunter: Forms of Thought and Forms of Society in the Greek World.
Trans. Andrew Szedegy-Mascak. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press,
1986.

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NEW HISTORICISM/CULTURAL CONTEXT


Homer
Morris, Ian. "The Use and Abuse of Homer." In Oxford Readings in Homer's "Iliad", ed.
Douglas L. Cairns. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001, pp. 57-91.
Tragedy
Goldhill, Simon. (1990) "The Great Dionysia and Civic Ideology", in John J. Winkler and Froma
I. Zeitlin, ed, (1990), Nothing to Do with Dionysus, Princeton: Princeton
University Press. 97-129.
Thucydides

INTERTEXTUALITY
Homer
Pucci, Pietro. Odysseus Polutropos. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1987.