We will translate selections from two of the most famous books of Virgil’s Aeneid. Book 4 tells the tragic love story of Dido and Aeneas. How did they fall in love? Was their “marriage” actually consummated? Was Aeneas’s betrayal initiating Dido’s curse and suicide legitimate? Book 6 follows Aeneas’s descent into the underworld. Though the golden bough hesitates, it admits him, where he encounters Dido one last time and his own father, Anchises, not to mention some of the future heroes of Rome. Political, social, and philosophical themes will be examined, all in the context of the magic of Latin verse.


Note the classroom for this course is BCC Melville Hall - room M214

A lover of all things Latin, Jamie Keller holds a degree from SUNY Albany, A.B.D. in Classics. She is a retired Latin teacher who gives educational tours at the Norman Rockwell Museum. While at Lenox Memorial High School she initiated the National and AP Latin Exams and orchestrated a fabulous exchange program with a high school in Gubbio, Italy.

Suggested reading: The Latin text with some vocabulary will be provided. A Latin dictionary as well as a translation of the Aeneid is recommended. Suggested translation: Fitzgerald or Fagles.

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