FLIT 480: Greek and Roman Literature





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Survey of Greek & Roman Literature: General Directions

Spring 200x
Dr. John P. Adams
435 Sierra Tower
677-3459; 677-3467

FLIT 480: "A survey of the major genres and works of Greek and Roman literature. Conducted in English. "


  • Oliver Taplin, Literature in the Greek and Roman World (Oxford University Press) paper
  • Greek Tragedies, Volume I (Ed. tr. D. Grene & R. Lattimore) [Chicago paperback]
  • Homer The Iliad (tr. Richmond Lattimore) [Chicago paperback]
  • Plato, The Last Days of Socrates [Penguin paperback]
  • B. Davenport (ed.) The Portable Roman Reader [Viking-Penguin pb.]
  • Alan Mandelbaum (tr.) Vergil, The Aeneid of Vergil [Bantam paper]
  • Other materials will be downloaded by the students from the Internet. A list of URL's will be provided.


  • A midterm examination, of approximately one hour, scheduled for Friday of the 8th week of the class. This exam will test all material assigned and/or discussed in lectures during the first seven weeks of the course, including by not necessarily limited to short ID's and a short essay. There will be choices of topic and of ID's. 20%

  • A final examination, of approximately one and one half hours, at the time (in early May) scheduled by the Administration and announced in the Course Schedule book. The final will test in greater depth the material covered from the eighth week of the course. The exam is not 'comprehensive', but some material from the first seven weeks may be relevant and may be tested. Various question-forms may appear, including True-False, fill-in-the-blanks, multiple choice, identification of passages from the readings of the ancient texts, and (of course) essays. 30%

  • A first paper, on a topic of Greek literature, of approximately 8-10 pages. Additional directions will be given in class and via a handout. This will be due in final form at the time of the midterm. 20%

  • A second paper, on a topic of Roman literature, of at least 10 pages. Additional directions will be given in class and via a handout. This will be due in final form at the time of the final exam. 30%

Goals of this course


The rules of the Department of Foreign Languages and Lit. require attendance at every class. If the student misses more than three classes (without an excused absence) the instructor is entitled to reduce the final grade one step. A sign-up sheet will be passed around at every meeting, and it is the student's responsibility to sign-in. Absence may be excused, if the student presents a written explanation and any evidence relevant to an excuse (Doctor's note, employer's note, garage bill, traffic ticket, etc.).


In addition to the textbooks (above), materials and assignments are provided through the Internet (World Wide Web). These can be found by clicking the various buttons at the left.


MWF 7:30-8; MWF 10; and by appointment.
Also electronically, via e-mail, at


May 16, 2009 1:00 PM

John Paul Adams, CSUN

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