This course will examine the greatest Roman epic of all, Virgil's Aeneid (books 7-12), including the way in which Homer influenced Virgil and the way he in turn influenced the rest of western literature and culture to the present day

Course aim

To read Virgil's Aeneid (Books 7-12) and learn about Homeric influences on Virgil and Virgilian influences on later literature

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • To read with understanding Virgil's Aeneid (Books 7-12)
  • To learn about Homeric influences on Virgil
  • To learn about Virgilian influences on later literature

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Students will need to have their own copies of Virgil's Aeneid (Translator: M Oakley): Wordsworth Classics 1987 ISBN 978 1 85326 2630 and Virgil's Aeneid Book 6 (Translated by Seamus Heaney in verse) Faber & Faber April 2016

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Students will need to have their own copies of Virgil's Aeneid (Translator: M Oakley): Wordsworth Classics 1987 ISBN 978 1 85326 263 and Virgil's Aeneid Book 6 (Translated by Seamus Heaney in verse) Faber & Faber April 2016

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

Download full course outline

Virgil Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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