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Literature Humanities- Aeneid Chapter I January 23, 2008 DISCUSSION: LINES 1-50 ¬ First line of Iliad and Odyssey is “sing…” “Muse” look up first lines ¬ Odysseus and Aeneas strong parallel: both sought out after a god in anger ¬ Names of Greek and roman gods differ (Mandelbaum glossary in back) ¬ National epic: overarching idea is the story of how Rome came to be o Virgil is writing about Rome, which had in his time come to great power o Some believe it was written as propaganda o Virgil sets up Aeneas and comrades as the founders of Rome ¬ Juno stands out: lines 39-45 reasons for despising Trojans (note change in tense) o Virgil is confident to tell the story, but not confident in speaking about Divinity ¬ Aeneas , the Protagonist is introduced as “man remarkable for goodness” in comparison to Achilles or Odysseus are so masculine and strong ¬ Fate is mentioned four times o Definition(s) : explaining ambiguity; Rome was fated to exist (great ordained by the Gods); Fate is capitalized, not only a concept it could be a character; o she is trying to escape it; Juno believes she is higher than fate but she is subservient to it; greater distance than in Homer; Juno has no control. ¬
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This note was uploaded on 04/16/2008 for the course HUMA C1002 taught by Professor Irwin during the Spring '08 term at Columbia.

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