St Augustine's Confessions is the most famous work by the most prolific Christian Latin author. This reading class will work through some of his dense and often difficult Latin at a relaxed pace accessible to students who have finished Wheelock's (or a similar introductory curriculum). Students will be encouraged to read and translate what they can; in weekly Chat meetings, we'll discuss their translations and try to make sense of anything they haven't understood. If possible, a historian of Roman religion will also give one Zoom lecture with discussion of Augustine's historical context.
Instructor: Emily Marie Gassman
Starts: June 15, 2021
Ends: August 17, 2021
Tuesday 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM ET
Completion of Wheelock's (or a comparable elementary Latin curriculum).
Textbooks and Materials
This textbook is required:Augustine: Confessions [Edition 1], Authors: James J. O'Donnell
Publisher's website: Augustine: Confessions
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
Other information: The text is freely available on the listed website; students do not need to purchase a hard copy of the book unless they want it.