Optional Paper: Verse Composition or Additional Translation or Additional Translation and Metre
Available to all Mods candidates
This paper will consist of the following parts: you will be required to do (a) or (b).
(a) Passages for translation into Greek iambics and Latin elegiacs and hexameters, of which you will be required to translate one.
(b) Passages for translation into English from a range of texts not prescribed elsewhere in Mods (some of them less central and all of them challenging), and a question on metre; you will be required to attempt either three passages of translation, or two passages and the metre question.
The metre question will consist of five passages in Latin and five in Greek: the Greek passages will be drawn from the poetic texts prescribed for translation in the Texts and Contexts paper with the addition of the material set for b.1 (Archilochus etc.); the Latin passages will be drawn from the poetic texts prescribed for translation in the Texts and Contexts paper with the addition of Horace, Odes III. You will be required to scan any four passages, and to name the metres.
1. Archilochus 3, 60, 79a, frr, 23* and 196A* West;
Theognis as in D.A. Campbell, Greek Lyric Poetry;
Simonides 542, fr. 22 West*;
Bacchylides fr. 20B;
Pindar frr. 123*,124a*.b*,127*,128* Maehler
2. Sophocles, Antigone
3. Demosthenes 54 [Against Conon], 59 [Against Neaera]
4. Plato, Symposium 172a-178a5, 188e2-223d
5. Plutarch, Antony 1-9, 23-36, 53-87
6. Plautus, Menaechmi
7. Horace, Epistles 1
8. Livy 30
9. Ovid, Metamorphoses 7.661-8.884
10. Apuleius, Cupid & Psyche (Metamorphoses 4.28-6.24}