Mirablile visu, the final couple of students recited their passages of Aeneid 4 from memory, complete with elisions, pauses, and coincidence of ictus and accent after the caesura.
TODAY IN AENEID BOOK 4 (553-641): Again urged by Mercury to hasten his departure, Aeneas arouses his sleeping comrades and hurriedly sails away by night. Dido's frenzy increases as from her palace window she sees the Trojan fleet depart. She again calls down curses on Aeneas and his followers and prays that some avenger may rise from her ashes to punish such perfidy.
—Summary courtesy of Clyde Pharr.
I led students in a lunchtime optional sight reading of Tibullus 1.1. After lunch, students continued reading Tacitus' Annals, Augustine's Confessions, or Vergil's Eclogues in their respective electives. We rounded off the afternoon with an optional sight reading of a selection from Bede.
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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