Virgil’s Aeneid: The Great Roman Epic | Newberry

Virgil’s Aeneid: The Great Roman Epic

Led by Jeff Nigro. Four sessions. 1 - 3 pm.
Saturday, October 3, 2020


Full. Email to be added to the wait list.

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Seminar Description

Virgil’s great epic poem the Aeneid recounts the adventures of the Trojan prince Aeneas and his followers, as well as the legendary foundation story of ancient Rome. In addition to its literary greatness, the Aeneid raises many issues that are still relevant today, including the roles of imperialism and “manifest destiny” in human history; the conflict between love and duty; the nature of heroism; and the eternal challenges of resolving personal and political conflicts.

Four sessions. Registration – $195

Jeff Nigro is a research associate in the Department of the Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Materials List


  • Virgil, Aeneid, translated by Stanley Lombardo. Hackett Publishing, 2003. ISBN: 978-0872207318.

First Reading:

  • For the first session, please read Books 1-3 (pages 1-76) of the Stanley Lombardo translation of Virgil’s Aeneid.

Registration Information

Online registration opens at 9 am (CDT) on Tuesday, September 1st.

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This seminar has reached capacity. Please email to be added to the wait list.

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