Seminar | Latin Literature of the Neronian Period

Seminar | Latin Literature of the Neronian Period

Salvete! The Center for Hellenic Studies would like to express thanks and appreciation to all the participants in the 2015 Sunoikisis Latin Course Development Seminar. From Saturday, June 6th to Tuesday, June 9th, the participants collaborated to create a dynamic syllabus focusing on Latin Literature of the Neronian Period. Students enrolled in the course this coming fall are sure to be challenged and inspired.

This year we had the pleasure of welcoming 15 scholars to join us for this summer’s Sunoikisis Latin seminar. Dr. Kenneth Morrell, Director of Fellowships and Curricular Development at the CHS and professor at Rhodes College, began the seminar by discussing the importance of technology and intergenerationality in the modern Classical curriculum. Prof. Amy Singer (Franklin & Marshall) followed up with an assessment from last year’s Sunoikisis Latin course, focusing on course goals and the structure of the weekly inter-institutional common sessions.The participants reflected on this data when designing this year’s syllabus and common sessions.

During the seminar, participants presented on various works of secondary scholarship to both inform the group and stimulate enthusiastic discourse. Topics discussed included Stoicism, intertextuality, spectacle and violence, historical context, relationships with power, philosophy, poetry, identity, and many more. Latin authors will include Seneca, Petronius and others. By the end of the seminar, the participants had built a syllabus around both primary and secondary readings, lectures, and corresponding writing assignments all designed to engage the students with the Neronian Period.

Students in this course will look not only at works in translation, but works in Latin as well. All involved institutions will participate in a weekly common session that will take place on Tuesday nights at 7–8pm (EST) via Google Hangouts. Each common session will feature a discussion led by a participating professor and will utilize secondary scholarship from the course.

At the end of the course, students are encouraged to submit proposals to share their research and writing at the 2016 Sunoikisis Undergraduate Research Symposium (SURS), taking place at the Center in the spring. Any undergraduate from an institution in the U.S. may apply, although priority will be given to students currently participating in the inter-institutional Sunoikisis courses running in fall 2015.

We would like to give a special thank you to Prof. James Ker from The University of Pennsylvania for serving as this year’s Latin course consultant. We would also like to thank Prof. Bryce Walker from Sweet Briar College for serving as course director.

The following faculty were in attendance: Ronnie Ancona (Hunter College and CUNY Graduate Center), Rebecca Benefiel (Washington and Lee University), Patrick Burns (Fordham University), Ben DeSmidt (Carthage College), Ryan Fowler (Franklin & Marshall College), Heather Gruber (Concordia College), Adria Haluszka (Eckerd College), Hal Haskell (Southwestern University), James Ker (University of Pennsylvania), Molly Pasco-Pranger (University of Mississippi), Danilo Piana (John Hopkins University), Joe Romero (University of Mary Washington), Amy Singer (Franklin & Marshall College), Holly Sypniewski (Millsaps College), and Bryce Walker (Sweet Briar College).

If you are interested in participating in the Latin Literature of the Neronian Period course this fall but are not a student in a participating institution, please contact us. Additionally, if you are interested in getting involved with Sunoikisis, please see this FAQ.

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Day 1

Session 1 (1:31:44)

Session 2 (1:30:29)

Session 3 (1:26:05)

Session 4 (1:26:24)

Day 2

Session 1 (1:30:42)

Session 2 (1:36:01)

Session 3 (1:31:02)

Session 4 (1:51:28)

Day 3

Session 1 (1:24:04)

Session 2 (1:32:46)

Session 3 (1:28:50)

Session 4 (1:33:38)

Day 4

Session 1 (1:25:11)


Post authored by Emily Kohut and Giuliana Savini