An Introduction to Vergil's Aeneid

WELCOME to Doctor Illa Flora's Introduction to Vergil's Aeneid!

Dr. Richard A. LaFleurs
(aka, Doctor Illa Flora)

About Dr. LaFleur

Recipient of the 2013 ACTFL Papalia Award for Excellence in Teacher Education

A Song of War

Welcome to the website for my tutorial, "A SONG OF WAR: An Introduction to Vergil's Aeneid"

SALVETE, VOS OMNES!! This is the site for my online tutorial on the Aeneid. I am now offering this class, which I previously taught as a formal academic course for many years through a fruitful collaboration between the University of Georgia’s Department of Classics and Department of Independent and Distance Learning, as an independent self-paced tutorial for adult learners with a strong background in Latin (through at least the intermediate-early advanced level) who desire an introduction to Vergil's monumental epic poem.

The tutorial uses my and Alexander McKay's textbook, A Song of War: Readings from Vergil's Aeneid, which contains, in addition to many other selections, all the Vergil passages on the College Board's AP Latin Exam and has its own Student Companion Web Site at (web code jwk 1000). I have considerable experience over a great many years working with K-12 Latin teachers, and those planning an AP course may be especially interested in the tutorial (N.B.: "AP" and "AP Latin Exam" are copyright by the College Board, which does not endorse this textbook or this tutorial or any other such independent study programs or specific textbooks).

If you think you may be interested in applying for this course of study, you should first read the Tutorial Overview here and then email me for further information.

Each of my tutorials is asynchronous, meticulously organized, and highly personalized; a customizable rapid refresher using WHEELOCK'S LATIN 7th Ed. and the Wheelock companion reader SCRIBBLERS, SCVLPTORS, AND SCRIBES, for those whose grammar and reading/translation skills may be a bit rusty, can be arranged as an add-on or a preamble to the Vergil tutorial.


R. A. (“Rick”) LaFleur, aka Doctor Illa Flora



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