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    I'm considering applying to do classics at university in 2012, but past the set texts in my classical civilisations class and a random history I picked up in my local bookstore (The Classical World: An. epic History of Greece and Rome, Robin Lane Fox) I have no idea what would be a good idea to be reading to get more of an idea for the subject outside of the A level syllabus.

    Any suggestions? ^_^
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    Maybe check out a few university websites which have course outlines on, they often mention the books you'll study.
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    Possibly Herodotus? or Suetonius? Of course then things like Virgil and Homer
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    Homer and Virgil are amazing, but if you want something a bit shorter you could try some Greek plays.
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    Yeah, get straight into reading some texts (unless you want a basic overview of the historical period, for which Lane-Fox should be fine, if not a little traditionalist in approach) -- after all, that's what you'll be doing on the course. Here are a few examples:

    Herodotus, Thucydides, Plutarch, Livy, Suetonius, Tacitus for historians;
    Euripides, Sophocles, Aeschylus for Greek tragedy;
    Aristophanes, Menander, Plautus, Terrence for comedy;
    Plato, Aristotle, Cicero for philosophy;
    Virgil, Ovid, Hesiod for didactic poetry;

    et cetera et cetera....


    Obviously, you don't need to read every single text of note at this stage (in fact, most universities won't expect you to have read a great deal more than what you've studied in class); it's just a good idea to read around so that you can see what sparks your interest and what doesn't, allowing you to be better prepared when you start.
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