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Livy on the Origin of the Gallic Terror (Intermediate-Advanced Latin Reading)

Tues., 7pm (U.S. Eastern Time)

Course Description: Who were the Gauls? Why were the Romans so afraid of them? How did Caesar sustain popular support for 8 grueling years of costly campaigns against them? Livy tells the story of Rome’s first contact with the Gauls, when the city would have been shamefully surrendered to Brennus’ army if it were not for a brilliant commander, some vigilant geese, and proper devotion to the gods above. In this class, we will read excerpts from Book V of Livy’s Ab Urbe Condita and discuss what it reveals both about Rome’s distant past and the era of the “pacified” Gaul in which it was written.


Level: This course is intended for students with intermediate to advanced knowledge of Latin.

Textbook: Instructor will provide free digital/online materials; optional to purchase Livy: Book V, ed. R. I. Ross (2011).

Sections capped at: 5 students. If the course is sold-out, please fill out this waiting-list form.

Regular price $250.00

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Frederick Muth

Fred graduated with a degree in Classics from Yale University in 2017 where he wrote his thesis on the literary merits of Pliny the Elder's encyclopedia. When he is not thumbing through page after page of obscure (and likely dangerous) ancient medical cures, you can find him teaching himself even more dead languages (like Sanskrit and Old Norse) or regaling friends with stories from his favorite authors, including Herodotus, Homer, Livy, and Plautus.