1. An informal meeting for the exchange of views.
[Lat., conversation < colloqui, to talk together:
com-, together + loqui, to speak.]
What is the Aeneid all about? What does it mean?
To answer these questions we shall have a colloquium on
Monday, 6 December, in which we shall consider Vergil's
epic from several different viewpointsas mythical
tale, historical narrative, cultural artifact, and so on.
Each student will select and research one topic from the
list below. During the colloquium, questions will be asked
that address the topics individually, yet call for group
discussion. What will emerge is a clearer understanding
of the Aeneid and its place in Roman literature.
Timetable. The dates associated
with this assignment are as follows:
- 22 November (Monday): Topic must be chosen.
- 6 December (Monday): Colloquium.
- 13 December (Monday): Brief write-up of your topic due.