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Female Figures in Mythology: Dido, Queen of Carthage
Kristen Kanipe, M.A.
In this one-time course, we'll discuss the myths and stories surrounding one of the most powerful, intriguing, and tragic female figures in both Greek and Roman mythology: Dido, Queen of Carthage.
US Grade 3 - 6
The story of Dido is recounted in a number of ancient sources, but we know it today largely because of its treatment in the Aeneid, one of the greatest epics of Western civilization. A refugee from her own home in Tyre in what is now modern-day Lebanon, Dido came to found and rule the city that would become one of the most powerful in antiquity: Carthage. Though there is debate among scholars as to the extent to which Dido was a real person, the stories surrounding her are steeped in myth...
I fell in love with classics as an undergraduate. During high school, I had taken a few Latin courses, and I had a genuine interest in the language (as a child, I had even attempted to teach myself Latin from a book, which didn't go so well, but clearly I had an attraction to Latin from an early age!), but it wasn't something I imagined myself pursuing in any serious way in higher education. In the first semester of my freshman year at college, however, due to a mix up with my schedule, I ended up in a Roman history course, and it transformed my world. I was entranced by both the subject matter and the teacher, and when the second semester came around, I made sure to sign up for as many classics courses as I could take. By sophomore year, I was learning ancient Greek and declaring my major in classics. I received my BA in Latin Language and Literature (with an undeclared minor in ancient Greek language and literature) from Oberlin College. During my senior year of college, I made the decision to apply to graduate school. By that time, I had decided that I wanted to share my excitement for the classical world by becoming a teacher, and given my passion for classics, I preferred to deepen my knowledge of the subject rather than to attend a master's of education program. I received a merit-based classics fellowship from the University of Virginia, from which I received my MA in Classics. I wrote my master's thesis on the treatment of women in three exempla of Ovid's Ars Amatoria. My classics education exposed me not only to ancient languages and literature, but to the very world of the ancient Greeks and Romans, and learning more about Greek and Roman mythology, in which I have had a strong interest since I was a child, was an integral part of the experience. Any program of study in classics demands a strong knowledge of many aspects of the ancient world outside of its languages. I love classics, and I believe my love for it shines through in every class I teach and in every interaction I have with a student. I have been a Latin language tutor for my entire adult life, I have taught Latin language and literature courses on the college level, and as a teacher at a private school in Virginia, I taught Latin language courses (intro Latin all the way through AP Latin) for middle schoolers and upper schoolers; because the school gave teachers control over course curriculum, I structured my classes so that mythology, ancient history, and classical civilization played an integral role.
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Please note that some artwork may involve some modest nudity. This is never gratuitous, and it always reflects the artistic style of the day. I make an effort to keep such images to a minimum, but it is a fact that ancient and Renaissance art often made the stylistic choice to depict its subjects as partially clothed or nude. Any such images would of course be restricted to paintings, sculpture, or pottery. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
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