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Shakespeare and Renaissance Humanism: The Sonnets and Horace’s Odes (Int-Advanced Latin Reading)

Mon. 6pm Eastern

Course Description: Comparing Shakespeare with Horace is not an approach intuitively obvious, but that is the purpose, for specific literary and historical reasons to be considered, discussed, and debated, of this course. Why should one do compare them? Two reasons: Shakespeare’s canny imitation of the Odes in the Sonnets, and relevant Renaissance Horace commentaries, which shed light on that imitation. Shakespearians neglect or ignore those reasons, much in the habit of seeing Tudor translations of Roman authors in Shakespeare’s sources and models, a method impossible to our subject because no English translation of the Odes was in print by 1609. The course begins with reading select Odes, moves to reading Shakespeare’s Sonnets, and ends by a consideration of the relationship between the English and the Latin poems in light of such humanist Horatians as Turnèbe and Farnaby, who composed their commentaries on Horace in Neo-Latin.


Level:  Intermediate to advanced Latin.
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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Tim Markey

Tim Markey took his Ph. D. in Comparative Literature from Harvard, concentrating on Renaissance classical tradition in England, France, and Italy.  He is a high school teacher of Latin and French, whose students have always loved Virgil’s Eclogues, which he first discovered while studying under Wendell Clausen.  He has lectured and published in the U. S., England, and Europe on such artists as Simone Martini and poets as Petrarch, Spenser, and Milton.