February 27 - February 27, 2008 Virgil Publius Vergilius...

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February 27, 2008 Virgil – Publius Vergilius Maro (70-19 BCE) Lost his farm, helped by Maecenas Works o Eclogues – pastoral poetry; celebrates lives and thoughts of imaginary shepards o Georgics – long poems on farming; physical beauty of Italy and old fashioned virtues of its people o Aeneid Masterpiece National epic for Romans Stoic philosophy Did not finish before death Major influence of Aeneid – Homer (8 th century BCE) o The Iliad and The Odyssey o Aeneid connects the Greek and Roman worlds o Trojan War Marriage of Peleus and Thetis (minor goddess) Parents of Achilles Thetis’ child prophesized to be more powerful than its father, so male gods marry her to a mortal Did not invite Eris (goddess of dischord) Eris and the golden apple “to the most beautiful” Athena (Minerva), Hera (Juno), and Aphrodite (Venus) Zeus leaves decision up to Paris; each promise him gifts o Athena – great warrior o Hera – power to rule the world
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This note was uploaded on 04/12/2008 for the course CLA 2120 taught by Professor Eaverly during the Spring '08 term at University of Florida.

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February 27 - February 27, 2008 Virgil Publius Vergilius...

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