Going to School with Milton, or Great Texts in the Early Modern Classroom

A look at the rise of the common educational system that prevailed in Europe and the areas colonized by Europeans from the fifteenth through the nineteenth centuries, a system that privileged the humanities and was based in the Greek and Latin classics.  Dr. Kallendorf explores the three-part process by which Virgil’s Aeneid, a key text in this tradition, was read in the early modern classroom: first, line-by-line close reading; second, the collection of memorable lines into commonplace books; and third, the use of these commonplace books as guides to writing.    Dr. Kallendorf is Professor of Modern and Classical Languages at Texas A & M University and the author of Virgil and the Myth of Venice: Books and Readers in the Italian Renaissance.