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The Art of Latin

Vergil and Ovid each began their epic work with an invocation to their muse. Each of these poets has in turn played the muse to countless artists throughout the ages. Bringing this artwork into the classroom will breathe new life into ancient texts. Whether you choose to read these works in Latin or in English, this workshop will demonstrate how to integrate art studies with the reading of the literature that inspired them. This presentation will include 3-4 lesson plans that incorporate art analysis of a specific work of art alongside the piece of original Latin literature (English translations provided) that inspired this particular piece. We will look at selections from Vergil’s Aeneid, Ovid’s Metamorphoses, and Caesar’s Gallic Wars. Karen will give the background of both the painting and the literary work and offer lesson plan ideas for analysis of each piece in light of the other.