In this class we will look at several Latin texts that reflect the dynamic relationship of the polytheist Roman past (from Late Antiquity to the “High” Middle Ages) to Christianity as the latter evolved from merely-tolerated to the majority religion in Latin speaking Europe. Where appropriate we will spend some time looking at the rules of poetic meter and practice reading metrically. Discussion may take place in English or Latin, but a lack of experience speaking Latin should not deter anyone from signing up!


  • The Song of the Sibyl
  • The Seven Sleepers of Ephesus from Legenda Aurea
  • excerpts from Mirabilia Urbis Romae, a medieval guidebook to Rome
  • The Conflictus Veris and Hiemis (formerly atributed to Alcuin of York)
  • a selection of secular (“Goliard”) poetry
  • the Confession of the Archpoet

Thursdays 8:30-9:30 PM EST

8 sessions beginning January 13, 2022 Cost: $200.00

$200 /person

Offered by
Hugh McElroy
I've worked for over two decades teaching Latin in schools and have developed engaging Latin curricular materials that go beyond the standard Latin program fare.

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