Mirablile visu, students continued reciting passages of Aeneid 4 from memory, complete with elisions, pauses, and coincidence of ictus and accent after the caesura.
TODAY IN AENEID BOOK 4 (474-552): Concealing her plans from her sister, Dido builds a great funeral pyre in the palace court, pretending that she is preparing a magic rite which will bring back Aeneas or else free her of her love for him. Dido offers prayers and sacrifices to gods of the lower world. Dido bewails her fate and strengthens her resolve to die.
—Summary courtesy of Clyde Pharr.
After lunch, we took a visual tour through the Aeneid in Western art and sculpture, and Patrick presented a fascinating lecture on textual criticism and the manuscript tradition of Vergil.
Later in the afternoon, students continued reading Tacitus' Annals, Augustine's Confessions, or Vergil's Eclogues in their respective electives.
Does all of this sound too good to be true? Tell your friends. Tell your students. Just think—You could be doing this next summer!
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