R103 | Ovid's Metamorphoses


1:30 - 3:00 p.m. EST


1/19, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23

6 Sessions

I am delighted to return to Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Nothing fights the winter blues better than a dose of mythology, always enjoyable and relevant. Although these myths are thousands of years old each time we read them, we see something new, something current, something more meaningful. In 2023 I am interpreting Daphne and Apollo as a woman’s right to choose. So, join me as we read the myths in Latin and consider the language, poetry and interpretations of some of the greatest stories ever told! Please read in English a brief bio of Ovid’s life and bring your text.

SUGGESTED READING: Love and Transformation: An Ovid Reader. You are free to use any text that contains the following myths: Daphne and Apollo, Pyramus and Thisbe, Orpheus and Eurydice, and Pygmalion. Used copies are available online, and there is also a free text on the internet: https://geoffreysteadman.com/ovids-daphne-apollo-beta, which does not contain Orpheus, but we can work that out in class. The only course requirement is some past experience with Latin, even if it’s only high school. Feel free to contact me with questions through the OLLI office (olli@berkshirecc.edu)

Jamie Keller holds a Master's Degree and an A.B.D. from SUNY Albany in Ancient Greek. She is a retired Latin teacher, and currently a docent and educational guide at the Norman Rockwell Museum. 

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