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The central text in the canon of Latin literature is Virgil’s Aeneid, an epic poem in twelve books composed more than two thousand years ago under the Roman emperor Augustus. The poem was an instant hit. It became a school text immediately and has remained central to studies of Roman culture to the present day. How can a poem created in such a remote literary and social environment speak so eloquently to subsequent ages? In this course we will discover what kind of poem this is and what kind of hero Aeneas is. Our studies will focus chiefly on the poem itself and on wider aspects of Roman culture.


Presented by the Stanford Continuing Studies Program.

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The central text in the canon of Latin literature is Virgil’s Aeneid, an epic poem in twelve books composed more than two thousand years ago under the Roman emperor Augustus. The poem was an instant hit. It became a school text immediately and has remained central to studies of Roman culture to the present day. How can a poem created in such a remote literary and social environment speak so eloquently to subsequent ages? In this course we will discover what kind of poem this is and what kind of hero Aeneas is. Our studies will focus chiefly on the poem itself and on wider aspects of Roman culture.


Presented by the Stanford Continuing Studies Program.

    1. Introduction to Virgil and Ancient Epic Poetry (January 9, 2007)

    1. Introduction to Virgil and Ancient Epic Poetry (January 9, 2007)

    Opening lecture of Susanna Braund's course, "Virgil's Aeneid: Anatomy of a Classic."

    • 1 hr 42 min
    2. Analysis of Aeneid Books 1-3 (January 16, 2007)

    2. Analysis of Aeneid Books 1-3 (January 16, 2007)

    January 16, 2007 lecture of Susanna Braund's course, "Virgil's Aeneid: Anatomy of a Classic."

    • 1 hr 48 min
    3. Analysis of Aeneid Books 4-6 (January 23, 2007)

    3. Analysis of Aeneid Books 4-6 (January 23, 2007)

    January 23, 2007 lecture of Susanna Braund's course, "Virgil's Aeneid: Anatomy of a Classic."

    • 1 hr 25 min
    4. Analysis of Aeneid Books 7-9 (January 30, 2007)

    4. Analysis of Aeneid Books 7-9 (January 30, 2007)

    January 30, 2007 lecture of Susanna Braund's course, "Virgil's Aeneid: Anatomy of a Classic."

    • 1 hr 51 min
    5. Analysis of Aeneid Books 10-12 and Conclusion (February 6, 2007)

    5. Analysis of Aeneid Books 10-12 and Conclusion (February 6, 2007)

    February 6, 2007 lecture of Susanna Braund's course, "Virgil's Aeneid: Anatomy of a Classic."

    • 2 hrs

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