How to Read The Aeneid - A Six Week Intensive
When: Wednesdays, March 17 – April 21, 2021, 4:00 – 5:30 ET
Who: Tonya Rozelle
Open to high school age through adults.
Can't make the class live? Everyone who signs up will receive the recordings to watch later.
Dante considered Virgil so fantastic that he selected the author best known for The Aeneid to guide him through the three levels of the afterlife. The Aeneid is thought by many to be the third installment in the trilogy of epic poems recounting the adventures, and perils, of the ancient world. Others see it as the ladies’ time to take center stage. Afterall, we focus on the wrath of the goddess, Juno, and learn of Dido, the great woman who founded Carthage. What is it about this work that causes it to endure through the ages? How can teachers get students to see it as valuable?
Are you scheduled to lead students through The Aeneid but not quite sure where to begin? Or would you like an arena in which to engage in discussions before having them with your student(s)? Better yet, is this epic poem on your personal list and you long for group discussion? Whether The Aeneid is part of your personal redeemed education program or something you are leading students through this year, glean more from it through peer discussion in the classical way. We will spend six weeks pondering how best to present this work to students. We will discuss why this work still matters and specifically what it can help us learn about the one true God and His idea of one’s purpose in life. We will consider the best way to approach discussions, so students glean life-impacting ideas from this work and walk away from the reading better humans.
Reading Schedule for Discussions
• Wednesday, Mar. 17: Books I-II
• Wednesday, Mar. 24: Books III-IV
• Wednesday, Mar. 31: Books V-VI
• Wednesday, Apr. 7: Books VII-VIII
• Wednesday, Apr. 14: Books IX-X
• Wednesday, Apr. 21: Books XI-XII
Books referred to in the course (Amazon link), not required:
I will be referencing the Fitzgerald translation during our discussions. If you have a different translation, please feel free to read and reference that translation during our discussions. I enjoy comparing translations!
The Aeneid translated by Robert Ftzgerald