Delve into one of the world's great myths & its relevance to current events

Refugees wash up on your shore, fleeing violence. Though not everyone welcomes them, they beg for permission to settle. Worse, they claim that yours is their ancestral homeland and they're merely returning to a land that's rightfully theirs.

This is the story of Virgil's Aeneid, the greatest masterpiece of Latin literature. Commissioned 2,000 years ago by Rome's first emperor, Augustus, Aeneid tells the tale of the Trojan War from the losing side: of genocide, of survivors, of desperate flight in search of a new home, and of the conflict that invariably attends human migration.

With classics professor Michael Fontaine, we'll discuss Virgil's breathtaking epic, compare it to current events, and debate the poem's famous ending.