November 12- Vergil's Aeneid

November 12- Vergil's Aeneid - November 12, 2007 Vergil's...

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November 12, 2007 Vergil’s Aeneid and the Augustan View of History History, Myth and Communal Identity Foundation myth: a story about the origin of a community (national, ethnic, religious) that helps establish what it means to be part of that community Examples: Cimon and the bones of Theseus Augustus and Aeneas Connections between Augustus and Aeneas were not invented by Vergil Genealogical connections: the genealogy Venus-Aneas-Ascanius goes back to early Greek tradition; by the second century BCE, the Julian family (Iulius) had identified Ascanius with their ancestor Iulus Genealogical connections: Augustus (adopted son of Julius Caesar) as direct descendant of Aeneas Thematic parallels: original founder/new founder Thematic parallels: pietas , ‘an attitude of dutiful respect towards those to whom one is bound by ties of religion, consanguinity, etc.’ ( Oxford Latin Dictionary )’ - Augustus: pres e nt ed hims elf a s m otivate d by piety towards his father a nd devotion to
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This note was uploaded on 05/01/2008 for the course CLAS 131 taught by Professor James during the Fall '07 term at UNC.

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November 12- Vergil's Aeneid - November 12, 2007 Vergil's...

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