Petrarch’s Posteritati

Petrarch’s Posteritati

Course Description: This course reads Petrarch’s remarkable Posteritati (“Letter to Posterity”), last reworked by the author in 1371 towards the end of his life. In the letter, Petrarch presents himself and his career to the those who will come after him. The letter serves as a fine introduction to Petrarch’s pervasive interest in finding language to describe the self, as well as his highly self-reflective sense of his literary and moral life. In session we read the Latin, render it into English, and discuss in English any topic of interest to the group. In particular, we will reflect on our own relation to Petrarch’s career and influence as the shaper of a particular way of relating to literature, antiquity, and to the self.


Level: Intermediate-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.

Wednesdays, 9:00p.m. U.S. Eastern Time


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David Hewett

David Hewett is Paideia’s Outreach Manager for Classical Tours, as well as instructor in Telepaideia. He has an M.A. in Classics (2009) from the University of Virginia and began a dissertation there on Seneca’s Epistulae Morales, before starting his position at Paideia. He has been a Regular Member of the American School for Classical Studies at Athens (2011-12), a student at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome (Spring 2005), and holds a B.A. in Classical Studies from Dickinson College (2006). In addition to this formal education, he studied with Reginald Foster in Rome (2006-07). He lives in Philadelphia.