Overview. The Aeneid,
the story of the flight of the hero Aeneas from Troy to
Italy, is considered Vergil’s masterpiece, perhaps even
the greatest poem ever written in Latin.
In this course students will read all of Aeneid
book 1 in Latin, and parts of other books as well, in order
to maintain and strengthen their foundation in the language.
Furthermore, book 1 will serve as a formal introduction
to Latin poetry, especially epic, if not an introduction
to Vergil himself.
Various approaches to the poem will be explored—for example,
as mythical narrative, as Augustan propaganda, as a Homeric
sequel. Towards this end, students will read the entire
poem in English, and discuss the various literary, historical,
and social issues that must inform one's reading.
Objectives. The specific
goals for this course are as follows:
- to engage advanced Latin grammar, syntax, and vocabulary;
- to develop an appreciation for the composition and style
of Latin poetry;
- to understand the content, form, scope and structure
of the Aeneid;
- to see epic poetry as a way of addressing historical
and cultural concerns
Furthermore, students will obtain and exercise the following
- to regard literature critically; that is, to evaluate
and analyze it with sensitivity and precision;
- to communicate critical thinking in oral presentations
and written essays; and
- to engage in and to facilitate group discussions and