LATN 341: Vergil, Aeneid
Spring Semester 2009
Augustan Rome wanted a classic that would renew its heritage. Although Vergil died
fearing that his not quite finished epic would fall short of the goal, his wishes
that the Aeneid be destroyed were ignored, and it has won recognition ever
since as a proud but also poignant image of Roman potential. We will read selections
from the whole poem with attention to technicalities of language and poetics. We will
investigate and discuss the Aeneid's literary techniques and historical and
cultural resonance through primary research, critical study of published scholarship,
and creative translations of our own.
Our work this term will have three central aims (plus the fourth, of having fun
- To increase facility at reading Latin
- To assess critically current scholarly inquiry into Vergil, the Aeneid,
and Roman cultural heritage
- To develop skills of research, critical thought, and scholarly presentation
by pursuing investigation into questions arising from Vergil's Aeneid
TTh 8:30-9:45 AM
Crown Center 572
Dr. Long is available in Office Hours:
TTh 10:00am-11:00am, Crown Center 579
or by appointment
- Required: Vergil, Aeneid, Books I-VI, ed. R. D. Williams
- Required: Vergil, Aeneid, Books VII-XII, ed. R. D. Williams
- Recommended: J. H. Allen et al., Allen & Greenough's New Latin Grammar
(Dover Books 2006); e-text available through
- Emergency on-line backup Latin text: Vergil from
The Latin Library at Ad
Schedule of Assignments
Policies and Assessment
Vergil and Augustan Rome
Resources for Latin
- pagina domestica P. Vergilii Maronis:
interactive hypertext database of materials of interest to students of Vergil, by
The Vergil Project
- GoogleEarth: Rome, online 3D reconstruction of
Rome c AD 320 (so, it's a bit later than Vergil, but it's still immensely cool)
- Garrett Fagan, Augustus,
biographical article at De Imperatoribus
- Portraits of Augustus from
RomanEmperors.com, "busts, statues, coins, information,
maps, images, and more"
- The Perseus Digital Library,
an evolving digital library that originated with an extensive and still-growing
center of resources for the study of the Classical world.
Curtius, a staggeringly rich treasurehouse of on-line resources for
Roman archaeology and topography (especially); compiled by Bill Thayer.
Resources for Writing
& Greenough (also a recommended text, in print) is a good reference grammar on-line.
Consult its sections on forms and syntax as
often as the mood strikes you - they're always worth knowing. Scroll down
the Table of Contents to which this link takes you, and click on the link for each
item you wish to consult. Part of the Perseus Project.
- Lewis & Short On-Line
offers look-up access to a detailed reference dictionary.
Type in the character string for which you wish to search (preferably,
the dictionary-entry form of the word you want) and "submit query".
Warning! This page was initially set up
for people working with Greek, so many of its directions and responses
will come to you in terms of Greek words and transliterations. Do not
be alarmed! Your instructor will endeavor to help unsnarl any
confusions: just ask. Another helpful part of the
- Harry C. Schnur, Do-It-Yourself: How to Write Latin Verse,
The Classical Journal 52 (1957) 353-357, reprinted within Marc Moskowitz's site
Contemporary Latin Poetry
- Poetry Recital by
faculty of the Department of Classics at Harvard University, recorded by 2001
- Nuntii Latini offers current news briefs
in Latin. Produced by FYI, the Finnish Broadcasting Company, edited by Professor Emeritus Tuomo
Pekkanen and Docent Reijo Pitkäranta of Helsinki University.
- latin.wunderground.com offers weather reports
in Latin. Produced by The Weather Underground, Inc..
Additional University resources
- Loyola's Learning Assistance Services, on the Web
and in the Sullivan Center for Student Services on the Lakeshore Campus, offers workshops on topics such as study
skills and test taking.
They will also help arrange accommodations for students with disabilities.
- The Tutoring Center
(physically in the Sullivan Center; peer-counselors) and the
Writing Centers (sponsored
by the Department of English: graduate students with expertise in writing pedagogy;
Sullivan Center 245 and on the Water Tower Campus in 25 East Pearson 605) both offer
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