New Approaches to Ancient Authors: Caesar, Pliny, and Vergil


A Free Classics Workshop for K-12 Teachers

Date: Saturday, February 3, 2024
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST
Location: Center for Hellenic Studies, 3100 Whitehaven St. NW, 20008

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Dido, handmaidens, and the personification of Africa (1st century CE). Fresco, 108 x 128 cm, Casa di Meleagro, VI,9,2, atrium 2, Pompeii, Naples National Archeological Museum.

Presented by Howard University, in collaboration with Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies and University of Virginia’s Center for the Liberal Arts.

The fifth annual Howard University workshop in collaboration with Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies and the University of Virginia’s Center for the Liberal Arts will discuss new approaches to ancient authors, specifically the Latin authors Caesar, Pliny, and Vergil.  Presentations by Christina S. Kraus, Thomas A. Thacher Professor of Latin at Yale University, and Howard faculty will be followed by group discussions and breakout sessions on adapting the material for Latin and K-12 classrooms.

In addition to discussing these authors in translation, we will also explore their works in the larger context of Greek and Roman historiography, epic, and epistolary genres, the historical context of the time of the work and of the narrative’s events, and consider questions about the Roman invasion of Britain, the legacy of Pompeii, and North African influences in Vergil.   

Group discussion and breakout sessions will focus on ways of adapting the approaches and materials to K-12 classrooms and provide materials for classroom activities.   

Free continental breakfast, lunch, and materials.  

Tentative Schedule

TimeLocation
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.Breakfast & RegistrationMain Building
9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.Welcome, Mark Schiefsky, Center for Hellenic Studies Welcome and Introductions, Natsuko Rohde,
Center for the Liberal Arts, UVA
House A
9:15 a.m. -10:15 a.m.Amy Lewis, Howard University
“Punic Culture in Virgil’s Aeneid
House A
10:15 a.m. -10:30 a.m.BreakHouse A
10:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m.Christina S. Kraus, Thomas A. Thacher Professor of Latin, Yale University
“Landing in Britain: Caesar BG 4.24ff”
House A
11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.Breakout Sessions (alternating stations)House A
Main Building
12:30 p.m. -1:30 p.m.LunchDining Room, Main Building
1:30 p.m. -2:30 p.m.Wesley Hanson, Howard University
“Pliny the Younger’s Letters and Roman Autocracy”
House A
2:30 p.m. -2:45 p.m.BreakHouse A
2:45 p.m. -3:45 p.m.Carolivia Herron, Howard University
“Teaching Homer’s Iliad to 3-7 year olds”
House A
3:45 p.m. -4:45 p.m.Breakout Sessions (alternating stations)House A
Main Building
4:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.Concluding Remarks; CertificatesHouse A