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Tacitus, Agricola (Intermediate-Advanced Latin Reading)

Sun., 5pm (U.S. Eastern Time)

Course Description: This class reads Tacitus’ historical biography of his father-in-law, Agricola. This class is an opportunity to practice a certain kind of slow reading, with special attention to the architecture of sentences, rhetorical features, and literary effects. Tacitus, one of the supreme artists of Latin, especially repays this kind of attention, and it is hoped that participants will be able to apply their practice in these sessions to their understanding of other Latin authors.

Sessions will be devoted to reading the Latin aloud and discussing any topic of interest to the group. We will not move at any particularly quick pace, but will read as much as we please, provided that we are having good discussions. This course will be offered over multiple terms. You need not have participated in a previous term to join the course. For Summer 2022, we will resume at section 9 (ending Agricola's early career and beginning Tacitus' enthno-geographical discussion of Britannia).

In addition to the Latin, we will discuss ancient history writing as a literary endeavor, the place of the Agricola in Tacitus’ public career, Tacitus’ depiction of Roman imperialism, and the rhetoric of slavery and freedom.


Level: Intermediate or Advanced background in Latin



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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David Hewett

David Hewett is Paideia’s Outreach Manager for Classical Tours, as well as instructor in Telepaideia. He has an M.A. in Classics (2009) from the University of Virginia and began a dissertation there on Seneca’s Epistulae Morales before starting his position at Paideia. He has been a Regular Member of the American School for Classical Studies at Athens (2011-12), a student at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome (Spring 2005), and holds a B.A. in Classical Studies from Dickinson College (2006). In addition to this formal education, he studied with Reginald Foster in Rome (2006-07). He lives in Frederick, Maryland.

His teaching currently focuses on Greek and Latin historiography.