LAT 365 • Advanced Latin Reading
2:00 PM-3:00 PM
You started it in LAT 312 or AP Latin; now find out how the Aeneid ends! In this half of the poem, Aeneas and his followers quit wandering aimlessly around the Mediterranean and get down to business. The first goal of this class will be to read as much of Aeneid 7-12 as possible given the range of student preparation. To this end there will be daily reading assignments, and we will devote two days a week to translation and discussion of local issues. At the senior level, however, it is also important to engage with a broader variety of issues. One day a week will be reserved for lecture and disscussion of more global issues: what is Vergils relationship both to specific predecessors and to Hellenistic aesthetics in general? Can we give a more precise discription of Vergils fabled ambiguity and its function(s)? Does contemporary critical theory have anything to add to our understanding of ancient poetry? At what level(s) does the Aeneid, as a piece of poetry, react to contemporary historical events? Why do some people still insist on spelling Vergils name with an i?
Virgil, R.D. Williams, ed. The Aeneid of Virgil: Books 7-12 (St. Martins) a course reader