Literature

Lectures on Roman Literature

While the most famous classical literature comes from ancient Greece, specifically the poetry and drama of Athens, Roman literature used to be prominent in the Western canon of poetry and literature until the mid-twentieth century. Poets like Virgil, Ovid, Horace, and Catullus were once house-hold names. T.S. Eliot called Virgil’s Aeneid “our classic.” Virgil is also Dante’s guide through hell and purgatory in the Divine Comedy. The Latin elegiac tradition of poetry informed much of the English elegiac tradition and English poetry more generally. The idea of Arcadia in Latin literature and poetry informed Anglo-American poetry and literary tropes like England as a New Jerusalem and America as a New Eden. In this series of online lectures, I explore and explain the poetry of Virgil’s Aeneid, Horace and his pastoral poetry, the poetry of Catullus, and the Metamorphoses of Ovid.

LECTURE ONE: VIRGIL’S AENEID

LECTURE TWO: OVID’S METAMORPHOSES

LECTURE THREE: THE PASTORAL POETRY OF HORACE

LECTURE FOUR: THE EROTIC POETRY OF CATULLUS

LECTURE FIVE: INVENTING ARCADIA & THE PASTORAL IDYLL IN LATIN LITERATURE

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Hesiod, Paul Krause in real life, is the editor-in-chief of VoegelinView. He is writer, classicist, and historian. He has written on the arts, culture, classics, literature, philosophy, religion, and history for numerous journals, magazines, and newspapers. He is the author of The Odyssey of Love and the Politics of Plato, and a contributor to the College Lecture Today and Making Sense of Diseases and Disasters. He holds master’s degrees in philosophy and religious studies (biblical studies & theology) from the University of Buckingham and Yale, and a bachelor’s degree in economics, history, and philosophy from Baldwin Wallace University.

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