This webpage has all the information you need to know about the Pensum for 2017!

Just for starters here are some introductory materials that you will find useful. Some of these files need passwords - you know what to do! Remember you don't have to read everything but we will read a wide variety of the materials listed.



Required Texts


Other Ancient Texts


  • Tombstone to Veturia Grata (CLE 108)
  • Epitaph to Claudia (CIL 1.2.1211)
  • Sempronia (Sall. Bell. Cat. 25)
  • Verginia (Liv. 10.23)
  • Sulpicia (Tib. 3.14, 15, 18).
Other Resources




General Works


  • 'Agrippina' BBC In Our Time discussion.
  • Dickison, S. K. and Hallett, J.  P. (2015),   A Roman Women Reader: Selections from the Second Century BCE through Second Century CE,   Wauchonda, Il.
  • Fantham E., Foley H., Boymel Kampen, N., Pomeroy, S. B. and Shapiro, H. A. (1994), Women in the Classical World,   Oxford and New York.
  • Grimal P. (2008), Mémoires d’Agrippine, Paris.
  • Hejduk J. Dyson (2008), Clodia: a sourcebook, Norman, OK.
  • James, S. and Dillon, S. (2012), A Companion to Women in the Ancient World, London.  Esp. p. 369 on Dido/Cleopatra, see index for Lucretia, Clodia, Agrippina.
  • Lefkowitz, M. and Fant, M. (2005), Women’s Life in Greece and Rome, (3rd. ed.) London.
  • MacLachlan, B. (2013), Women in Ancient Rome a sourcebook, London.
  • McAuslan, M. and Walcot, P. (1996), Women in Antiquity, Oxford.
  • Pomeroy,  S. B. (1975) Goddesses, Whores, Wives and Slaves: Women in Classical Antiquity Dorset NY.
  • Raia, A. Lushnig, S and A. L. Sebesta (2005) The Worlds of Roman Women. Hackett. Companion Website.
  • Schmidt, J.  (2012) Femmes de pouvoir dans la Rome antique, Paris.
Roman Women in Books and Plays


  • Petrarca            Sophonisba & Masinissa, in Africa , Livre V, v. 1 – 773 (1343)
  • Shakespeare    Antony and Cleopatra (c1607)
  • Madeleine de Scudéry, Les Femmes Illustres ou les Harangues Héroïques (1642) : Sophonisbe à Masinissa, cinquième harangue
  • Corneille           Sophonisbe (1663)
Roman Women in the Modern Novels and at the Movies


  • Clodia appears in several modern historical novels: Roma sub rosa, Steven Saylor; Lustrum and Dictator, Robert Harris; The Ides of March, Thornton Wilder; Atia in Rome (HBO/BBC) is largely based on her.
  • Le Destin de Rome, Fabrice Hourlier, coproduction ARTE France, Docside Production, Indigènes, 2011.
  • Purcell               Sophonisba or Hannibal’s Overthrow (1685)
  • Purcell               Dido and Aeneas opera (1688)
  • Handel              Agrippina   opera (1709)
  • Handel              Giulio Cesare  opera (1724)
  • Gluck                 La Sofonisba (1765)
  • Berlioz               Les Troyens opera (1858)
  • Britten               The Rape of Lucretia  opera (1946)

The Death of Cleopatra

The Death of Cleopatra

Juan Luna, 1881. Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid.

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