Sunoikisis Latin Course Update

Hello, readers! My name is Amy Hendricks, and I am currently a junior at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. I am double-majoring in Greek and Roman Studies and English Literature, and I am taking both courses offered through Sunoikisis this semester. To give everyone a glimpse into the world of Sunoikisis Latin, I am going to share a little bit of information about each week leading up to the class midterm.

During our first Common Session for Medieval Latin, Professor Sarah Bond of Marquette University gave us a detailed historical overview of the Roman Empire from 753 BCE to 565 CE in preparation for our discussion of Eutropius’ History.

Professor Kristina Meinking from Elon University led the second Common Session and discussed Jerome’s Vulgate and letters. Professor Meinking gave us a glimpse into 3rd and 4th century intellectual culture. She discussed the significance and implications of the Vulgate and introduced one of the course’s themes: the relationship between Classical and Christian texts.

The next week featured a discussion led by Professor Curtis Dozier of Vassar College concerning Augustine’s Confessions and De Doctrina Christiana. Students continued to examine the relationship between Classical and Christian texts as addressed by Augustine, and learned a lot about education in Late Antiquity through Augustine’s own example.

The Common Session for Week Four was led by Professor Hal Haskell of Southwestern University and focused on the art and architecture of Christian Rome, and the appropriation of Classical art for Christian purposes. In considering the city of Rome as a text, this added to our theme of Christian versus Classical and continued to build the context for many of our readings.

Professor Lindsay Samson of Agnes Scott College led our fifth Common Session, which featured a discussion on Allegory based on our readings from Prudentius’ Psychomachia and Boethius Consolatio Philosophiae. We considered ancient and modern examples of allegory and learned how to apply various levels of allegory to different texts.

As our tour through the literature and culture of Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages continues, I will keep everyone updated about the course of study. Thanks for reading!