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The Warburg Institute offers a new eight-week Neo-Latin Texts course during the Autumn Term 2022. In this opening season we will be reading a work by Maffeo Vegio (1407-1458), considered by many to be the finest Latin poet of the fifteenth century. Vegio was known for his short epics, the most famous of which is his 600-line continuation of Virgil’s Aeneid, a poem entitled the Aeneidos Liber XIII or ‘Thirteenth Book of the Aeneid’. Readers of the last two millennia have responded in various ways to the abrupt conclusion to Book 12 of Virgil’s masterwork, which occurs when Aeneas slays Turnus in a fit of frenzy. Vegio provides the ‘sequel’, which describes, inter alia, Aeneas's marriage to Lavinia and his eventual deification. This addendum was hugely popular in its own times, and was often included in editions of Virgil’s Aeneid in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. As well as reading the Latin together, we will consider the style of the verse and the fifteenth century Italian culture which gave rise to its composition.  
 
The recommended text with translation is the I Tatti Renaissance edition, Maffeo Vegio Short Epics, ed. and trans. Michael C. J. Putnam and James Hankins, but an electronic Latin text can also be found in the Latin Library.  


Registration and payment (for 8 classes across the Autumn Term 2022): 
  • Warburg students, staff and fellows: £75
  • School of Advanced Study students, staff and fellows / LAHP funded students: £90
  • External students /unwaged: £140
  • Standard rate: £160

Schedule:
Mondays, 3 October - 28 November 2022 (excluding 31 October)
10:30-11:30
Tutor: Dr Lucy Nicholas
Via Zoom

Please contact Dr Lucy Nicholas if you have questions about the content of the course: lucy.nicholas@sas.ac.uk

EARLY BOOKING IS ADVISED AS THE RUNNING OF THE COURSE IS DEPENDENT ON STUDENT UPTAKE.

image: Aeneas' Flight from Troy by Federico Barocci, 1598; Galleria Borghese