How to Handle Classical Reading Lists?
June 2, 2009 8:11 AM Subscribe
I'll be starting a Ph.D. program in Classics in the fall. Protips requested---especially as regards the reading list.
I've been out of school for a year, so I'm excited to get back into the swing of things, academically speaking. For the moment, the most daunting prospects are the arm-long Greek and Latin reading lists; I've got to take one of the reading exams by the end of my first year, and the other by the end of my second.
My primary question is this: How should I handle these lists? Should I read the texts in English first so I get the gist, and then skim in the original? Should I rely on the Loebs? How do I make sure I have some grasp on as many of the selections as possible within the time allotted? What strategies have worked for you?
Secondarily, o Classics grad students, any general advice you'd offer to someone about to start in a program?