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Weeping for Dido: The Classics in the Medieval Classroom

Marjorie Curry Woods


Saint Augustine famously “wept for Dido, who killed herself by the sword,” and many later medieval schoolboys were taught to respond in similarly emotional ways to the pain of female characters in Virgil's Aeneid and other classical texts. This book takes readers into the medieval classroom, where boys identified with Dido, where teachers turned an unfinished classical poem into a bildungsroman about young Achilles, and where students not only studied but performed classical works. The book opens by examining teachers' notes and marginal commentary in manuscripts of the Aeneid and two short ve ... More

Keywords: medieval education, Aeneid, Dido, Achilleid of Statius, Ilias Latina, medieval classroom, Achilles

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780691170800
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691170800.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marjorie Curry Woods, author
University of Texas