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Monstrat amor verus patriae: Vergil's Camilla between Italy and Scythia
Presenter: Barbara Weiden Boyd, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME

Vergil's complex portrait of Camilla remains an enticing enigma: from her introduction into the Aeneid at the close of the catalogue of Book 7 to the episode in Book 11 that comprises her backstory, her aristeia, and her death, her presence in the poem is both admirable and puzzling. It has long been recognized that the war of Aeneid Books 7–12 is not only refracted through the epic lens but also evokes the still palpable memory of civil war; with this as a point of departure, Boyd explores how the patria for which Camilla’s death provokes such love to fight (monstrat amor uerus patriae, Aeneid 11.892) is to be located on an ideological map somewhere between Italy and Scythia.

Barbara Weiden Boyd, Henry Winkley Professor of Latin and Greek at Bowdoin College, holds a BA from Manhattanville College, and an MA and PhD in Classical Studies from the University of Michigan. In addition to offerings in Greek and Latin languages and literatures, Boyd teaches courses on ancient epic, Rome in the age of Augustus, Rome as a site of cultural memory and identity, and the Ovidian tradition. She has chaired the Classics Department repeatedly and has served as a co-director of the Mellon Initiative in Mediterranean Studies at Bowdoin.

Her scholarly specialization is Latin poetry, especially the works of Vergil and Ovid. She has published widely on a variety of Roman writers, including Vergil, Propertius, Tibullus, Ovid, and Sallust. In addition to continuing work on a commentary on Ovid's Remedia amoris, she has recently published a book on Ovid's reception of Homer: Ovid's Homer: Authority, Repetition, and Reception (Oxford University Press, 2017). She has a lively interest in contemporary receptions of classical themes and has published articles on the BBC-HBO series Rome and on the Odyssey theme in the AMC series Mad Men. She is currently developing a project on Nathaniel Hawthorne's Rome.

Boyd has travelled and studied extensively in Italy, where she lived for two years while teaching at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome. She is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Society for Classical Studies and its Goodwin Award Committee, and currently serves on its Program Committee. She serves as president of the Vergilian Society and is a charter member of the newly established International Ovidian Society. Boyd is a former chair and consultant for the AP Latin Test Development Committee of the Educational Testing Service.

Boyd has also authored a textbook for intermediate Latin students, Vergil's Aeneid: Selections from Books 1, 2, 4, 6, 10, & 12 (Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, 2001) and its revised edition Vergil's Aeneid: Selected Readings from Books 1, 2, 4, and 6 (Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, 2012). Her other Bolchazy-Carducci publications include Vergil's Aeneid: Expanded Collection, Vergil's Aeneid: 8 & 11: Italy and Rome, Vergil's Aeneid: 10 & 12: Pallas & Turnus. Boyd is the coauthor with Katherine Bradley of A Vergil Workbook, Second Edition (Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, 2012).

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