Hello again! It’s the last week before spring break, and there are midterms galore, but every day is still another day of learning something amazing!
In philosophy, we’ve been learning about the external senses (sight, hearing, taste, touch, and smell) and the interior senses (imaginative power, estimative power, memorative power, and common sense), which are all things that we and other animals have in common, but just yesterday we delved into the intellect, which is particular to man and higher beings. This was an exciting moment, and Dr Cuddeback especially made sure to impress us with how important this is. Everything we had learned up to that point had to do with human nature as well, but the intellect is part of what makes humans different from all other animals and unique in the created order. It can be easy to take the power of intellection for granted, but really it’s one of the most amazing things God gave us, and learning about how it works with our other powers will definitely be amazing too. This material is a little tricky to understand, but, like all the professors here, Dr Cuddeback makes himself very accessible and open to questions, inside and outside of class, and he even added extra office hours today to make sure everyone could get their questions answered before the midterm tomorrow.
In Latin, we’re still working our way through Book II of the Aeneid, and taking note of how Vergil used the meter, word order, and the sound of individual words as well as their meanings to convey the moods of the story. His descriptions are so vivid, it can be hard sometimes to capture them in translation, so once again I am grateful to be able to read this epic in the original language. We have still been working on the Lives of the Saints as well, and recently read about St Peter Damian. Sections from both of these works will be on the midterm on Friday, and then after spring break, each of us has to recite a passage of Vergil from memory. This is partly to strengthen our grasp of Latin poetry and pronunciation and help us exercise our memorization skills in general, but also because it’s just the epitome of cool to be able to recite lines of Vergil whenever you want!
In literature, we’ve just finished reading Beowulf, and after the midterm (covering Beowulf, the Aeneid, the Dream of the Rood, Caedmon’s Hymn, and the Dream of Scipio), we’ll start reading Dante’s Divine Comedy, the first truly Christian epic. I’ve never read it before, but I think it will be extremely interesting and enjoyable, especially since it builds on famous literature from the past which we’ve read already, last semester and this semester.
It’s hard to believe we’re almost halfway to the end of the semester. Time flies when you’re busy! It will be nice to have a break, but of course coming back will be awesome too, and the epic journey will continue. See you all in two weeks!