024B) Orpheus in Ovid's Metamorphoses: Transformative Powers of Music and Love

Orpheus’s singing was so beautiful that it animated the elements of nature, and moved the gods to return his wife from death itself. Of all the classical versions of this myth, Ovid’s (Metamorphoses, Book 10) resonates most strongly with modern-day sensibilities—emphasizing the complementary power of the arts and romantic love—and has inspired countless works in every artistic medium and genre for over two millennia. This course explores Ovid’s Orpheus, in its historical and literary context, to better understand its perennial universal significance. For those with little or no Latin, bilingual (Latin-English) texts, provided by the instructor, serve as introduction to (or review of), basic grammar and vocabulary, while offering advanced students practice in reading authentic Latin poetry. The instructor will host an optional class trip (in May) to Washington, D.C., to see a production of Mary Zimmerman’s award-winning stage adaptation of Ovid’s Metamorphoses at the Folger Shakespeare Library.

NOTE: Students who register for this course may take it in-person and/or on-line (at no extra cost to those who attend both sessions).