This course is for those who would like to practice reading extensively with an engaging, medium length prose narrative in straightforward accessible Latin. We will read 700-1000 words per week of the Historia Apollonii Regis Tyri, a Late Antique Latin novella that underlies Shakespeare’s Pericles, Prince of Tyre. The story features extremes of good and bad parenting, mistaken identities, murder, false death, unexpected reunions, and riddles, Some content advisories are in order for this text. The story opens with an act of incestuous rape, which, despite launching the plot, is not mentioned in the story. There is also a death in childbirth and a short, non-explicit section of the novel set in a brothel (only the brothel section is part of this term’s selections). Anyone wanting to skip these sections is free to.
Tuesdays 8:30-9:30 PM EST
8 sessions beginning April 5, 2022
*If we finish Historia Apollonii before the 8 weeks are up, we will read stories from the Late Antique and Medieval traditions of Vergil as a Wizard