Virtual Virgil: Bringing the Ancients into the Digital Age

Karen Moore discusses teaching ancient literature in 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 historians. 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 Illiad 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 digital age together.

Karen Moore

Karen has led both teaching and administrative roles at Grace Academy of Georgetown, a classical Christian school in central Texas, where she has built the 3rd- through 12th-grade classical language program. She has nearly 20 years of experience teaching Latin, Greek and ancient humanities in classical Christian schools. Karen also sponsors the school's award-winning chapter of the Junior Classical League. She is the author of Latin Alive Reader: Latin Literature from Cicero to Newton, multiple Latin texts and the Essential Latin course for teachers on ClassicalU. Karen blogs at www.latinaliveonline. com. She and her husband, Bryan, are the proud parents of graduates of Grace Academy and one high school junior.

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