April 06, 2011

Celebrate Ancient Roman Poet Vergil as Part of National Poetry Month

Case Western Reserve University’s Department of Classics will honor the ancient Roman poet Publius Vergilius Maro, widely known as Vergil, during Vergil Week, to be held April 17-22 to coincide with the American Academy of Poets’ National Poetry Month.

Vergil’s work, including Eclogues, Aeneid and Georgics, became popular right away, said Timothy Wutrich, visiting assistant professor and organizer of Vergil Week. Vergil’s poetry has influenced writers, poets, musicians and artists from all time periods and nations—from Dante, Ariosto and Marlowe to Pietro da Cortona, Milton and T.S. Elliott.

Wutrich noted that ancient Roman teachers used Vergil as a Latin textbook, and his work has held a place in education during the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Enlightenment periods, and present day as a model of Latin verse style.

 “We have reports of people applauding Vergil in the theater, and graffiti at Pompeii attests to the fact that people remembered favorite, quotable lines, the way we have our favorite parts of poems or songs today,” he said.

This is the third year the campus has held organized activities to celebrate the poet.

Join the celebration:
Sunday, April 17: Vergilian Footrace / Cursus Vergilianus
4 p.m. – Sudeck Track, Northside Athletic Facilities
A 5-kilometer footrace that ranges over the north side of campus.

Monday, April 18: Art Contest and Exhibition
3 – 6 p.m. Art Studio Room 201

•Exhibition of student and faculty art inspired by Vergil and Greco-Roman civilization.
•Contest judged by graduate students in Art Education

Tuesday, April 19: Latin Recitation Contest
4 – 6 p.m. Clark Hall 206
Latin recitation contest for high school and university students

Wednesday, April 20: Lecture, Staged Reading, and Concert
5:30 – 8 p.m. Cleveland Museum of Art
•5:30 Lecture in the Recital Hall: Timothy Wutrich, “Theatricality in the Cleveland Dido and Aeneas Tapestries”
•6:30 Staged Reading in the Armor Court: Aeneid Book IV: “The Dido Tragedy”
•7:30 Concert in the Armor Court: The Early Music Singers conducted by Debra Nagy

Thursday, April 21: Continuous public reading of the Aeneid in English / Exhibition of Art Inspired by the Aeneid
8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Crawford Hall, SAGES Café:
•All are invited to read from Vergil’s Aeneid as we read the entire epic
•Exhibition of work entered in the Vergil Week Art Contest

Friday, April 22: Symposium: “Tradition: Vergil in Literature and the Arts”
2 – 4 p.m. Clark Hall 206
• Florin Berindeanu, Case Western Reserve University,“Ars as eros in Dante and Vergil”
• Ricardo Apostol, Case Western Reserve University, "Epic Interruptions: Vergilian Allusion in Petrarch's Bucolicum Carmen"
• Timothy Wutrich, Case Western Reserve University, “Arms and the Men: Marlowe’s Dido, Queen of Carthage
• Susan Shimp, Independent Scholar, “Excavating Vergil in Counter-Reformation Rome: Domenico Mazzocchi’s Aeneid Dialoghi (1638)”
• Edith Foster, Ashland University, “Vergilian Themes in Willa Cather’s Shadows on the Rock

5:30 p.m. Clark 309
• Keynote Address: Jan Ziolkowski, Chair, Department of Classics at Harvard University, “Why Medieval Monks Sang the Aeneid”

The event is supported by Case Western Reserve University’s Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities and the Ohio Humanities Council. For information, contact Wutrich at 216.368.6026 or by email.

Posted by: Emily Mayock, April 6, 2011 08:37 AM | News Topics: College of Arts and Sciences

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