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Editors’ Choice: Reflections on a Text Analysis Assignment

In Spring 2013, I taught LAT312K: Intermediate Latin at the University of Texas-Austin.  This was the fourth and last required course in the Latin sequence at UT and focused on Vergil’sAeneid.  The course functioned both as a cap to a student’s Latin experience (several of my students were graduating seniors finishing off their required courses) and a gateway into advanced study of Latin literature and culture for Classics majors.  One of my goals in the course was introducing students to a variety of approaches scholars take to the study of Latin literature in general and Vergil’s Aeneid in particular. This goal allowed me to include a digital humanities element in the course by having my students experiment with digital methodologies.  One such assignment focused on text analysis.  I include the assignment below, as well as my reflections on how this pedagogical experiment went.

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This content was selected for Digital Humanities Now by Editor-in-Chief Sasha Hoffman based on nominations by Editors-at-Large: Amy Ratelle, Anne McGrail, Anu Paul, Christina Boyles, Sarah Canfield Fuller, Silvia Stoyanova, and Subhasis Chattopadhyay