Vergil Week: Case Western Reserve Raises the Bar

I love the idea of a Vergil week … from the Daily:

Case Western Reserve University will hold its annual Vergil Week celebration April 22-27 with events across campus. Conceived as part of National Poetry Month, Vergil Week celebrates the poetry of the ancient Roman poet Vergil. Activities include a footrace, a Latin recitation contest, art contests, a staged reading of part of the Aenid and a public lecture series.

Registration forms for the footrace, art contest and recitation contest can be downloaded online at

For further information, contact Timothy Wutrich at timothy.wutrich AT or 368.6026.

Below is a calendar of events; please note all events are free and open to the public.

April 22: Vergilian Footrace / Cursus Vergilianus
4 p.m. Meet in front of Clark Hall
5-kilometer footrace over the north side of campus

April 23: 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

April 24: Latin Recitation Contest
4–6 p.m. Clark Hall 206
Latin recitation contest for high school and university students

April 25: Staged Reading
6–8 p.m. Cleveland Museum of Art
6 p.m. Staged reading in the Armor Court: Aeneid Book VI: “The Kingdom of the Dead”

April 26: Continuous public reading of the Aeneid in English / Exhibition of Art Inspired by the Aeneid
8:30 a.m.–8:30 p.m. Crawford Hall, SAGES Café
All are invited to join in a complete reading of the Aeneid in the English translation by Robert Fagles
Vergil Week Art Contest Exhibition

April 27: Public Lectures: “Ovid versus Vergil”
3–5 p.m. Clark Hall 206
Martin Helzle (Dietrich-Bonhoeffer- Gymnasium, Wertheim, Germany): “Talking Back – Ovid’s Reaction to Vergil’s Aeneid”
Stephen M. Wheeler (Penn State University): Keynote address: “The Contest of Vergil and Ovid”

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