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Rotswitha of Gandersheim: Callimachus (Intermediate-Advanced Latin Reading)

Fri., 8pm (U.S. Eastern Time)

Course Description: Hailed by German Humanist Conrad Celtes as ‘the sibyl of the Rhein’, German abbess Rotswitha of Gandersheim was the first person since antiquity to write a full-length play in Latin. Planned as Christian responses to Terence’s comedies, Rotswitha’s plays are written in an elegant Latin and valorise the Christian virtues of chastity, forbearance, and self-restraint in the face of persecution. Callimachus’ lurid storyline, one of the ultimate sources for Romeo and Juliet, deals with Drusiana’s commitment to chastity in the face of unwanted attention from Callimachus.


Level: Intermediate to Advanced Latin reading. No prior knowledge of Medieval Latin is assumed.

Textbook: Instructor will provide materials.

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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John Weretka

John holds undergraduate and graduate qualifications in musicology, medieval history, art history, theology, and Latin, and is currently a doctoral student, engaged in a translation of and commentary on Sicard of Cremona's De Mitrale. He works in the early music stream of the University of Melbourne's Faculty of Fine Arts and Music and is the convenor of the University's Medieval Latin Reading Group. He has taught medieval texts, including Donizo's Vita Matilidis and Bede's Historia, for the Paideia Institute since early 2021.