2020 Ovid Heroides Online Workshop Announcement

Dickinson Latin Workshop: Ovid’s Heroides

July 16–20, 2020

The Dickinson Summer Latin Workshop will move online this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath. While this situation is far from ideal, we hope it will allow those who could not normally travel to Carlisle to participate. We are privileged to have Prof. Chun Liu of Peking University with us this year as guest instructor. Prof. Liu earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in English literature from Peking University, and received a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of California Riverside in 2010. She has written widely on Ovid and Greek epic and tragedy and is currently completing the first ever complete translation of Ovid’s Heroides into Chinese.

photo of Chun Liu outside at some kind of lake


  • Online meetings will take place daily 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon, Eastern time US, with a break in the middle. Group translation will be carried on in two sections, one for the more confident (affectionately known as “the sharks”), one for the less confident (even more affectionately known as “the dolphins”) led on alternating days by Prof. Liu and Prof. Chris Francese (Dickinson College).
  • Optional daily discussion sections will happen 2:00–3:00 p.m. Eastern time, led by Chris Francese.

Resources provided

  • Latin text
  • Running vocabulary lists of all words not in the DCC Core Latin Vocabulary
  • Commentaries with notes on the Latin text
  • English translations
  • Certificate of completion for professional development hours

Reading Schedule

Thursday, July 16: Heroides 1 (Penelope Ulixi, 116 lines) and 2 (Phyllis Demophoonti, 148 lines)

Friday, July 17: Heroides 3 (Briseis Achilli, 154 lines) and 4 (Phaedra Hippolyto, 1–100)

Saturday, July 18: Heroides 4 (Phaedra Hippolyto, 101–176) and 7 (Dido Aeneae 196 lines)

Sunday, July 19: Heroides 10 (Ariadne Theseo, 150 lines) and 12 (Medea Iasoni 1–100)

Monday, July 20 Heroides 12 (Medea Iasoni 101-212)

Registration and Fee

To register, please email Mrs. Terri Blumenthal, blumentt@dickinson.edu. The fee of $200 is due by check on or before July 1, 2020. Make checks payable to Dickinson College and mail them to Department of Classical Studies, Dickinson College, c/o Terri Blumenthal, Carlisle, PA 17013

We hope you can join us!

6 thoughts on “2020 Ovid Heroides Online Workshop Announcement

  1. If I do this for professional development toward recertification, would there be a certificate indicating how many hours of course work it is in order to be eligible for what we have in Massachusetts, which are PDPs?

  2. I’m trying to find a list of the Heroides covered in Knox’ green and yellow before hitting the ‘buy’ button, but am having trouble… are all of these covered in there? The only commentary I have so far is Kenney’s on the doubles.

  3. Knox’s Cambridge green-and-yellow includes eight of the fifteen single Heroides, namely 1-2, 5-7, 10-11, and 15. That means it includes four of the seven in this class (1, 2, 7, and 10) but not the other three (3, 4, and 12). I have a text of Heroides 1 (with apparatus but no commentary) on my website, and have been planning to add the rest, starting with those omitted by Knox. I hope to get 3, 4, and 12 done in the next week or two. They would be available as HTML for reading online (as 1 is now: http://www.curculio.org/Ovid/h01.html), also as printable .doc files for easy annotation, and as print-your-own pamphlets, where if you print out the appropriate pages in the right order, two-sided, you can fold them in half and staple them to make a handy single-poem pamphlet. Here’s an example of the kind of pamphlet I mean, with pictures: http://curculio.org/?p=217

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