Intermediate-Advanced Conversational Latin: Horace's 'Odes'

Intermediate-Advanced Conversational Latin: Horace's 'Odes'

Course Description: Horace’s Odes are the crowning achievement of Latin lyric poetry: not without reason did Horace ask to be added to the Alexandrian canon of nine Greek lyricists (Or. 1.1.35). These irresistibly quotable poems, once familiar school texts, but now regarded as altogether more slippery and sophisticated productions, treat themes as varied as love, friendship, politics, and mortality with no illusions but also with deep humanity. This course has two aims: (1) to read, appreciate, and share together some of these wonderful poems, both familiar classics and lesser-known gems, and (2) to improve oral Latin abilities and fluency, and in particular to acquire a technical linguistic and literary vocabulary for reading and discussing texts in Latin. 


Level: This course is intended for those with experience speaking Latin.

Textbook:Instructor will provide materials.

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

Sundays, 4:00p.m. EST


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William Guast

William Guast earned a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, and doctorate in Classics at the University of Oxford, after which he was Leventis Research Fellow in Ancient Greek Studies at the University of Bristol; he has also spent periods as a visiting scholar in Geneva and Pisa. He currently teaches Latin and Greek all day long at Winchester College in England, having previously taught for two years at Marlboro College, Vermont. He is the author of Greek Declamation and the Roman Empire (Cambridge 2023).