About this course
Similar to his Satires, Horace's Epistles are essays in verse, in the form of letters, in which Horace discusses daily life, his friends and acquaintances, food, the writing of poetry, and many other aspects of his life and opinions. We see a different, more chatty side of Horace than we are used to seeing in the Odes. Horace is a witty, loquacious, opinionated companion who artfully tells us a great deal about his daily life, his work, and his companions. Like the Satires, the Epistles feature a more colloquial style of Latin than usually found in Roman poetry. Because Horace's language can be very colloquial at times, an intermediate-advanced level of Latin reading ability and experience will be most helpful for the participant.
What is Telepaideia?
Telepaideia is a broad collection of online courses, offered by the Paideia Institute in 10-week semesters three times a year (Fall, Spring, and Summer terms). These live classes are each designed and led by a dedicated teacher from the Paideia community and are taught in small groups of approximately five or fewer. Students can select and directly enroll in Telepaideia courses on a wide range of topics related to Latin, Greek, and the Classical humanities, according to both their personal interests and previous learning experiences. Course offerings change from semester to semester, but generally include language classes (at various levels and intensities), reading classes, and classes dedicated to intellectual history and Classical reception.
What to expect from this course
Our online Telepaideia courses meet synchronously in small groups of no more than five students to promote an engaged, supportive learning environment. Our instructors are based all over the world, but class times are typically scheduled outside of working hours in the Eastern Time zone. Scheduling accommodations can be made at the instructor's discretion.