LAT 323 • Vergil's Aeneid
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Vergil's Aeneid is possibly the single most influential and widely read work of Latin poetry. In this course we will read extensive selections from the Aeneid in Latin and the entire work in English. Among the topics discussed will be the techniques of Vergil's epic poetry, Vergil's life and other works, his relationship to contemporary historical and literary events, and the role of Vergil in literary history as a writer who both drew heavily on earlier poets and became a foundational text for later ones. Coursework will include daily reading assignments (primarily Vergil's Latin but also various ancient and modern readings in English), class participation, occasional quizzes, two midterm exams and a final exam, a short paper, and an in-class presentation.