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Intermediate-Advanced Latin Reading: Ovid

Wed. 8pm Eastern

Course Description: The course will concentrate on reading selections from Ovid’s Metamorphoses in the original Latin, with attention to versecraft and narrative structure as well as to building students’ reading proficiency. We will do some reading aloud, some in-class translating, and some critical discussion. The interests and preferences of students may lead us into Ovid’s elegiac oeuvre as well.


Level: The course is designed for students at the intermediate-to-advanced level of reading ability: those who have studied four or more years of high-school Latin or have completed at least one semester of 200-level college Latin. For the largely self-taught, this means having developed some proficiency in reading continuous texts. A range of abilities is expected and welcomed.
Textbook: Dunmore’s Selections from Ovid (cheap, used on the web) plus materials supplied by the instructor. I will recommend (and sometimes supply) works of criticism. A good reference grammar (I prefer Allen and Greenough) will be very helpful, though Wheelock will serve in a pinch.
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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Jay Kardan

Jay Kardan holds degrees in classics from Swarthmore College and Yale University. Since joining the Randolph College classics department in 2009, he has taught the full range of classics courses, from Elementary Latin and Greek to advanced reading courses in both languages. In 2011 he founded and taught the Randolph College Summer Latin Institute. In 2015–2017 he taught Greek, Latin, and classical civilization as a visiting professor at Sweet Briar College during that institution’s recovery from its near-death experience. As a freelance editor and translator from French, Italian, and German (as well as the classical languages), he has worked on a variety of projects in classical scholarship and other fields.