Explore the epic poetry of Virgil's Aeneid through looking at selections of Book VI in the original language. 

Suitable for students who are working at post-beginner level or above, or those who have studied Latin in the past, this week will explore the language, grammar and style of this famous poem.

Charting Aeneas' descent and travels through the Underworld, and a set text for next year's Latin GCSE, Book VI of Virgil's Aeneid is perhaps the most evocative book in that great epic poem. An enormous influence on Dante's Inferno and Purgatorio, Book VI of the Aeneid provides a rich description of a pre-Christian conception of the after-life.

Selections from the work will be read in the original Latin and discussion on the content of the poem will be encouraged. Help with vocabulary, style and grammar will be given. 

When | Monday 31 July – Friday 4 August,  10.30am-3.30pm*

Where | Alban Room, St Albans Cathedral

Cost | £150

Tutor | Anthony Armstrong, Tutor in Latin and Greek

*please note that students are responsible for providing their own lunch

How to Book

You can book online here using the button below, or by calling the Learning Administrator on 01727 890212 between 9.30am and 3.30pm Monday to Friday. Tickets will be on sale until 12noon on Friday 28 July. Please ensure that you provide a current email address when you book. 

Clergy and Readers in St Albans Diocese have complimentary access to our Adult Learning courses, talks, study days, and reading groups. For clergy/Reader bookings, please email [email protected] with your name and role and we will confirm your place.


Image: The Cumaean Sibyl leads Aeneas to the underworld and they encounter Cerberus. An episode in Virgil's 'Aeneid', Book VI.