Latin Reading: The Sources of Science: Latin Natural History from Pliny to Linnaeus
Sun. 7pm Eastern
Course Description: This course is designed for students who want to hone their Latin reading skills while learning about the transmission of natural historical materials and approaches over the 1700 years from Pliny to Linnaeus. As we read and translate selections from the great Latin natural historians of antiquity, the Middle Ages, and the early modern period, we will discover both continuities and ruptures in the way humans have understood the natural world.
Level: This course is intended for students with basic to intermediate Latin skills. More advanced students are also welcome, and will be offered individual guidance in tackling more challenging texts on their own
Textbook: Links to materials provided by instructor. All texts are available at no charge on line.
Sections capped at: 5 students. If the course is sold-out, please fill out this waiting-list form.
Rick Wright conducts Birds and Art tours in Europe and the Americas for Victor Emanuel Nature Tours. A native of southeast Nebraska, Rick studied French, German, Philosophy, and Life Sciences at the University of Nebraska before attending Harvard Law School. He took the Ph.D. in Germanic Languages and Literatures at Princeton University in 1990, then held successive appointments as Assistant Professor of German at the University of Illinois, Reader in Art and Archaeology at Princeton University, and Associate Professor of German at Fordham University.
His numerous scholarly works include two books on the Latin animal literature of the later Middle Ages. Among his recent publications are the ABA Field Guide to Birds of New Jersey and the ABA Field Guide to Birds of Arizona; his Peterson Reference Guide to American Sparrows was published in 2019. Especially interested in the history and culture of natural history hobbies, he is hard at work on a study of hummingbird collecting in France from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries. Rick Wright lives in northern New Jersey with his family: Alison Beringer, Avril, and Gellert the chocolate lab.