Arma virumque cano, Troiae qui primus ab oris
Italiam, fato profugus, Laviniaque venit
litora, multum ille et terris iactatus et alto
vi superum saevae memorem Iunonis ob iram;
“To Hell and Back on the Ides of March” is a marathon reading of the “Aeneid,” the ancient epic poem about the founding of Rome.
Over a span of 13 hours, Western Michigan University students, professors and community members are reading all 9,896 lines. There will also be members of the Department of World Languages and Literatures, who will read lines of the poem in their own languages.
The presentation begins at 11 a.m. on March 15 (the Ides of March) at Knauss Hall on WMU’s campus. You can also watch above via a Google Hangout.
You can view the readings on the video archive page.
We will be taking breaks every three books. The videos will be archived here when the event is over.
— Itinerary: See the program for the event here.
— Follow along: Here is the English text of the poem. While we will be going between numerous translations, this is the A. S. Kline translation. And for those adventurous folks, or classicists, here’s the lingua latina text from the Latin Library.
— Say hello: Leave a comment in the section at the bottom of this page.