LATIN 3203

LATIN 3203

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2023-2024.

Spring 2024 Topic: Latin Poetic Muses: Latin poetic muses were active over many centuries. They remain active today. This seminar provides an overview, through selected excerpts, of some of its moods, modes, and meters, and invites students to bring in some of their own favorite passages for discussion. We will try to convey not only the gist of a poet's "meaning," but also to regenerate any special figured language, including puns, anagrams, and acrostics, which inflect meaning in interesting ways and make Latin poetry different from most English language poetry after Chaucer. We will examine how Latin poetry is put together: how metrics and wordplay shape sense, and why "dictionary-based" translation routinely oversimplifies Latin originals. Horace, Ovid, and George Herbert will be our chief sources here. In epic, we'll read excerpts from Ennius, Lucretius, Virgil, Ovid, Lucan, Statius, and Carrara's eighteenth-century Columbus. We'll also look at Ovid's dialogue between his epic and elegiac identities. In lyric, epigram, satire, tragedy, and bucolic, we'll read passages from Terence, Seneca, Virgil, Horace, Persius, and Ausonius.

When Offered Spring.

Prerequisites/Corequisites Prerequisite: one 2000-level Latin course.

Breadth Requirement (HB)
Distribution Category (ALC-AS, LA-AS)
Language Requirement Satisfies Option 1.

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one seminar and one independent study. Combined with: LATIN 5233

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • Topic: Latin Poetic Muses

  • 18598 LATIN 3203   SEM 101

  • Instruction Mode: In Person

  • 18599 LATIN 3203   IND 601

    • TBA
    • Jan 22 - May 7, 2024
    • Ahl, F

  • Instruction Mode: Independent Studies