This course focuses on the reading, translation, and understanding of selections from Vergil’s Aeneid (specifically books II and IV), the grand epic poem commissioned by Augustus, the first emperor of Rome. Special attention will also be given to selections from the Roman poets Catullus and Horace on themes related and unrelated to the Aeneid. The course is based largely on class discussion, analysis of assigned readings, and the exploration of translating strategies and techniques.
- developed and strengthened their competence in Latin grammar and syntax
- become acquainted with the voices and visions of classic Latin poets such as Catullus, Vergil, and Horace
- explored the main peculiarities of Latin poetry: love poetry (Catullus), lyric poetry (Horace), and epic poetry (Aeneid)
- produced fresh and original translations in modern English
- reflected on the linguistic peculiarities of the poetic texts analyzed in their historical and cultural context
Mandatory course reader