The Poetry of Venantius Fortunatus

The Poetry of Venantius Fortunatus

Course Description: The sixth-century priest and bishop Venantius Fortunatus is today best known for a few hymns that the Catholic Church still prescribes for use in the liturgy. But Fortunatus also left us with hundreds of other poems, both spiritual and secular, that are intriguing both for their content and their construction and are well worth reading. Fortunatus is also fascinating in that he was a classically trained poet, writing with classical style and meter, yet with a flair for theological imagination and insight that looks forward to the rich Christian poetry of the Middle Ages. In this course we will read a number of poems by Fortunatus and discuss their ideas, style, and theological interest.


Level: Facility with Latin grammar, syntax, and vocabulary is preferred, though interested students of other levels are welcome.

Textbook:Instructor will provide materials.

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

Tuesdays, 6:00p.m.


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Joshua Gregor

Joshua Gregor is head of the Latin department at Sacred Heart Academy in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has taught Latin courses ranging from beginning grammar up through Cicero and Horace, as well as medieval and Renaissance Latin. With Paideia he has previously taught the liturgical hymnody of St. Thomas Aquinas. Joshua holds a B.A. in philosophy from the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome, with a thesis on William Wordsworth’s Romantic theory of poetry. Afterwards he received an M.A. in linguistics from Indiana University, focusing on Latin and Romance languages. Joshua additionally spent several years in seminary, where he also studied humanities, theology, and Gregorian Chant.