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Genius of the Aeneid

with Thiela Schnaufer

Why not take a journey with our instructor Thiela Schnaufer as she explores the life of the poet Virgil, from his rural upbringing to his hatred of the bloody civil wars prevalent throughout that time to his hope for Rome with Augustus becoming ruler, and the first four books of his epic poem, the Aeneid.  She will explore characteristics of a Roman epic genre and how this, along with the events in Virgil’s life, helped to shape his writing of this incredible classic. Join Thiela as we study the plot and mythology of each of the four books with an emphasis on the poetic devices and nuances used at that time in coming to an appreciation and better understanding of this poem.

Instructor:  Thiela Schnaufer received a BA in Latin and an MA in Classics from the University of Georgia. She has taught in a wide variety of educational institutions in Georgia and South Carolina. She also received numerous awards including Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi from the University of Georgia. Her experience with professional education societies is deep and she has publications in New England Journals dealing with Classic education. She has also taught a number of classes for SSC.

Class Information:  This is a hybrid class - held in-person in UM@M’s room SCI 102 and via Zoom. 

All facilities at the University of Maine at Machias (UM@M) are fully handicap compliant.  The facilities used by Sunrise Senior College (SSC) at the college have ramps, elevators and handicap accessible bathrooms.  Our offsite functions and activities have various limitations and restrictions and may not be fully handicap accessible.  SSC will endeavor to identify limitations at these to you in advance.


                                                           IMPORTANT:  See Below

This class is available to all current Maine Senior College (MSCN) Members. The general public not wishing to join Sunrise Senior College at this time may attend this class for a $20.00 fee.

Sunrise Senior College (SSC) is a membership-based organization. Our SSC members receive special benefits as current members when they register for this course. Any member of another MSCN college is also able to enjoy this course, but may occur some additional charges. If you are a member of the general public, you can take this course but will have to pay additional fees associated with being a non-member. For any attendee that is not a current member of Sunrise Senior College, the materials required for the course are your responsibility. When checking out, please carefully read and answer the questions asked associated with this specific course so that you are charged appropriately for this class. Failure to do this may result in your being cancelled from the course. We hope you enjoy this offering.

Umm Science 102 & via Zoom

September 4th to 25th, 2024
Wed for 4 weeks from 10:30 am - 12:00 pm