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Ekkehard of Saint Gall: Waltharius

Thursday., 6pm (U.S. Eastern Time)

Course Description: The most important (mock) epic in Latin hexameters of the early Middle Ages, Ekkehard of St Gall’s Waltharius tells the story, widely attested in Germanic literature, of Walter of Aquitaine, his beloved Hiltgund, and their friend Hagen’s adventures at the court of Attila the Hun and return to the west. Told with a real sense of humour and drama, this work also displays the author’s full command of sources including Virgil’s Aeneid, the Bible, Prudentius’ Psychomachia, and other key texts. This is a continuation of a course that commenced reading the Liber Primus of this work in the summer 2022 term.


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 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.