Intermediate-Advanced Latin Reading: Boncompagno da Signa's Liber de obsidione
Tues. 6pm Eastern
In 1173, the very existence of the city of Ancona was threatened as the Chancellor of the Holy Roman Empire, Christian of Mainz, tried to starve the city into submission. Boncompagno’s Liber de obsidione, based on eye-witness accounts, is a thrilling and moving account of the siege, peopled with striking characters, and giving full witness to Boncompagno’s skill as a rhetorician and master of the ars dictaminis. This term with Boncompagno’s Liber de obsidione is offered as part of an ongoing reading group aimed at reading through the whole text, commencing with Boncompagno’s letter of dedication to the work’s dedicatee, Ugolino Gosia, and his prologue on the function of historiography in the Middle Ages.
Level: This course is intended for students with intermediate to advanced knowledge of Latin. No specific knowledge of Medieval Latin is expected.
Textbook: Instructor will provide materials
Sections capped at: 5 students. If the course is sold-out, please fill out this waiting-list form.
John Weretka holds undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in musicology, medieval history, art history, theology, and Latin, and is currently a doctoral student at the University of Divinity (Australia), researching the medieval liturgical commentary. John works in the early music stream in the Faculty of Music at the University of Melbourne and is the convenor of the University’s Medieval Latin Reading Group.