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Unit 1: Catullus on Poetry >>
   

In this, our introductory unit, we will get our bearings on Roman lyric from Catullus's own views on poetry — his own and that of others.

What is the difference between a doctus poeta and a hack? Between, say, a Calvus or a Cinna and a Suffenus or a Caesius? More important, where does Catullus belong within this range?

  Tuesday, January 24
  Topics for today:
 

-- Overview, website, and requirements
-- The idea of a seminar
-- Using Garrison (= G.)
-- Scansion: hendecasyllabics (G., pp. 179–80)
-- Book beginnings:  Cat 1.1–4

  Thursday, January 26
  Due:
 

-- Review course website
-- G., Intro. and Suggestions..., xiii–xxi
-- Wiseman, Ch. 1, 1–10
-- Cat. 1

   
  Topics for today:
 

-- Life and times of Catullus
-- Reports: overview

  Tuesday, January 31
  Due:
 

-- Wiseman, Ch. 1, 10–14; Ch. 2, 15–26
-- Cat. 22, 105, 53
-- Scansion drill 1

   
  Topics for today:
 

-- Report: Le on Calvus/Io

  Thursday, February 2
  Due:
 

-- Cat. 14, 36
-- Wiseman, Ch. 2, 26–38

   
  Topics for today:
 

-- Quizzes: overview

  Tuesday, February 7
  Due:
 

-- Cat. 95, 42
-- Wiseman, Ch. 2, 38–49
-- Review Quizzes page
-- Scansion drill 2

   
  Topics for today:
 

-- Project: overview

  Thursday, February 9
  Due:
 

-- Cat. 50, 116
-- Wiseman, Ch. 2, 49–53

-- Review Project page

   
  Topics for today:
 

-- Report: Rueda on Cinna/Zmyrna
-- The Neoterics
-- Quiz 1 available

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