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LATIN 307 A: Vergil

Artistic image of literary character from Vergil's Aeneid, character is siting on a bench near a podium
Meeting Time: 
MTWF 11:30am - 12:20pm
MLR 316
Stephen Hinds 2021 portrait photo
Stephen E. Hinds

Syllabus Description:

Latin 307 (5 credits)                   Vergil, Aeneid                Spring 2020

MTWF 11:30-12:20   VLPA  

Prof. Stephen Hinds, Department of Classics

... now involving live Zoom sessions, to be arranged!

N.B. I will send an invitation to the class email list for a first meeting on Zoom at 11:30 am on Mon March 30


Required Text (in stock in textbook department at U Bookstore):

Barbara Weiden Boyd (ed.), Vergil’s Aeneid: Expanded Collection, Bolchazy-Carducci 2012/2013

(Note: U Bookstore is offering free domestic mailing of textbook orders while closed)


This course completes the second-year Latin sequence, following upon Latin 305 (autumn) and Latin 306 (winter).  But also, if you completed the first year of college Latin strongly, and have just a limited amount of reading experience beyond that point, this course will probably be a good fit, and so too if you are looking for a first university course in Latin after a full program of high school Latin.  Ask me ahead of the start of term if in doubt about the best Latin course for your level. 

The primary aim is to read as much of AeneidBook 1 as possible in Latin, along with selections from other books in the first half of Virgil’s epic.  The emphasis will be upon line by line translation, detailed interpretation, and broader literary and cultural contexts.  Boyd (a modernizing revision of an iconic Virgil textbook by Clyde Pharr) is a full-service intermediate Latin commentary, which gives plenty of grammatical help.  Therefore, we should be able to build up our reading speed in the course of the term. In the opening weeks, we will be covering all of Aeneid1.1-304, without any skips.

We will continue the review and consolidation of Latin grammar (referring to the standard grammar of Allen and Greenough), with the help of exercises in prose composition; we will consolidate the study of the Latin hexameter.


Best two of three quizzes:  50%

Final exam (covers prescribed reading after quiz 2):  40%

Homework and participation in class assignments:  10%


Quizzes and final exam will test the following:

prescribed reading; meter, grammar and composition; ‘sight’ translation; some issues of literary and cultural context


[The above is my standard description of Latin 307 requirements, but may change to adapt to the situation.]


Catalog Description: 
Selections from the first six books of the Aeneid; elementary exercises in Latin prose composition or metrics. Recommended: one year of college level Latin or equivalent. Offered: Sp.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
January 31, 2020 - 12:26pm