Ekkehard of St Gall Waltharius

Ekkehard of St Gall Waltharius

NB This course starts on Thursday July 20th and will meet weekly for ten weeks until September 28th.

Course Description: The most important (mock) epic in Latin hexameters of the early Middle Ages, Ekkehard of St Gall’s Waltharius tells the story, widely attested in Germanic literature, of Walter of Aquitaine, his beloved Hiltgund, and their friend Hagen’s adventures at the court of Attila the Hun and return to the west. Told with a real sense of humour and drama, this work also displays the author’s full command of sources including Virgil’s Aeneid, the Bible, Prudentius’ Psychomachia, and other key texts. This is a continuation of a course that continued reading the Liber Secundus of this work in the spring 2023 term.


Level: Intermediate to Advanced Latin reading.

Textbook: Instructor will provide materials

Sections capped at: 5 students. If the course is sold-out, please fill out this waiting-list form.

Thursdays, 6pm EDT


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John Weretka

John Weretka holds qualifications in medieval history, musicology, art history, theology, and Latin and is currently enrolled in an MLitt programme in Viking Studies. He is the convenor of the University of Melbourne (Australia) Medieval Latin Reading Group and has taught extensively for the Paideia Institute on texts including the Ecclesiastical History of Bede, the Vita of Matilda of Tuscany of Donizo, and the Carmen de Hastingae Proelio by Guy of Amiens. John has also taught at the Sydney University Latin Summer School.