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Roman Letters

LAT 205

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This class aims to introduce students to the great variety of Latin texts, including poetic ones, that present themselves as letters. Our reading will sample five letter collections, two in verse and three in prose, from some of the best known Latin authors (Cicero, Horace, Ovid, Seneca, and Pliny the Younger) and will improve comprehension across a variety of periods and stylistic registers. We will also reflect on how the form (or fiction) of the letter allows each work to accomplish its goals of instruction, entertainment, and self-fashioning.
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Section C01