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Virtual Virgil Bringing the Ancients into the Digital Age

As our classical schools grow and mature we are beginning to see more advanced Latin classes studying literature such as Vergil’s Aeneid. This workshop will share with teachers how to put a new spin on this ancient epic by taking advantage of all the resources the modern age has to offer. We will begin by visiting different links for online lexicons, rhetorical devices, maps, and histories. For those desiring to take the Advanced Placement Exam, we will also locate a wealth of teacher resources for the needed preparation. We will then look at how to use these sites to connect Vergil’s magnum opus with other great works of literature such as the Iliad and Odyssey, select pieces from the Augustan Age of Literature and later poets inspired by Vergil’s muse. Among the latter we must include John Milton’s Paradise Lost, which sets the ancient art of epic poetry within a Christian worldview. Finally, we will see how students can apply these tools in the classroom bringing the best of the classical world and the digital age together.