Humanities on Demand

May 29 2008

Dido’s Lament: Virgilian Epic and 17th Century English Opera

Andrew Walkling is Dean’s Assistant Professor of Early Modern Studies at the State University of New York at Binghamton, where he teaches in the departments of art history, English, and theater and is affiliated with the faculties of history, music, and philosophy. He earned a Ph.D. in British history from Cornell. A Fellow of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, he works in an interdisciplinary field focusing on the courts of Charles II and James II (1660-88). He is writing a book entitled Masque and Opera in Restoration England. Two handouts accompanied his talk on 17th-century interpretations of the Aeneid. You can download them both in PDF format: Handout 1; Handout 2.

This talk was part of the Winter Weekend seminar on Virgil’s Aeneid in March 2008. We welcome your feedback on this Andrew Walkling podcast.


Apr 22 2008

Translating Virgil

Barbara Weiden Boyd is the Henry Winkley Professor of Latin and Greek at Bowdoin College, where she has taught since 1980. She earned her Ph.D. at Michigan and has written extensively on Latin literature, notably two books on the poet Ovid. In recent years she has prepared a series of school texts and teachers’ guides to Virgil’s Aeneid. She has also been a visiting professor twice at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome. Her talk on translation relies on a handout, which you can download here in PDF format.

This talk was part of the Winter Weekend seminar on Virgil’s Aeneid in March 2008. We welcome your feedback on this Barbara Boyd talk.


Apr 17 2008

The Rome of Augustus

Peter AicherPeter Aicher is Professor of Classics at the University of Southern Maine in Portland, where he frequently teaches courses on Homer and Virgil, in translation and in Greek and Latin. He combines these literary interests with a fascination with the city of Rome, which has resulted in several books and numerous articles and talks. He recently designed a course entitled “The City of Rome: Romulus and Mussolini,” which explores how an architectural language of power has evolved and persisted over the millennia. This is only the first part of Professor Aicher’s talk. In the second part, he used maps of Rome and the ancient world to show where the events described in the Aeneid took place.

This talk was part of the Winter Weekend seminar on Virgil’s Aeneid in March 2008.We welcome your feedback on this Peter Aicher podcast.


Apr 11 2008

Virgil and History

Michael C. J. Putnam is MacMillan Professor of Classics and Professor of Comparative Literature at Brown University, where he has taught since 1961. Educated at Harvard, he has written 11 books on Latin literature and has edited four others. He is widely regarded as one of the leading interpreters of the work of Virgil. He has been closely associated with the American Academy in Rome for many years and is a summer resident of Rockport, Maine.

This talk was part of the Winter Weekend seminar on Virgil’s Aeneid in March 2008. We welcome your feedback on this Michael Putnam keynote.


 

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