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"Carpe diem." These are the words of Quintus Horatius Flaccus in one of his best known poems.

In this course we shall survey the poetry of Horace, from his signature Odes, to his Satires, in which anybody and everybody is a target for ridicule.

Q. Horatius Flaccus
Q. Horatius Flaccus

At the heart of our survey is a man both public and private, who struggled to make sense of his own times, and who chronicled that struggle in some of the finest, wittiest, and most touching verse in all of Latin literature.

   

 
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The specific goals for this course are as follows:

  • to explore the boundaries of various poetic genres;
  • to become acquainted with the works of Horace; and
  • to engage advanced Latin grammar, syntax, and vocabulary.

Furthermore, students will draw upon universal skills of critical reading and thinking, and will communicate these skills both in class and in written exercises.

   
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