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Virgil's Aeneid

By Susanna Braund

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The central text in the canon of Latin literature is Virgil’s Aeneid, an epic poem in twelve books composed more than two thousand years ago under the Roman emperor Augustus. The poem was an instant hit. It became a school text immediately and has remained central to studies of Roman culture to the present day. How can a poem created in such a remote literary and social environment speak so eloquently to subsequent ages? In this course we will discover what kind of poem this is and what kind of hero Aeneas is. Our studies will focus chiefly on the poem itself and on wider aspects of Roman culture. Presented by the Stanford Continuing Studies Program.

Customer Reviews

Really nice lecture

I enjoyed listening to this a lot. Really thorough discussion and breakdown, and enjoyed listening to the class room dynamic. She seems like a really cool professor.

Excellent for me

I just finished the Aeneid (Mendalbaum, A. translation), and I learned so much to understand it from this scholar. I wish I could take online course with her.
Thank you, Professor for giving your work for us.

Horrible chalk noises

I ended up ripping my earbuds out of my ears on the second episode. The microphone must have been sitting right next to the chalkboard, and the squeaking of the chalk kept sending shivers down my spine. It’s one thing for this to happen occasionally but this was sustained for so long a period that I ended up abandoning the whole podcast because there’s no way I can even keep listening, much less absorb information. Having just read The Aeneid, I had such high hopes for this podcast.