November 9- Vergil's Aeneid

November 9- Vergil's Aeneid - November 9, 2007 Vergil's...

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November 9, 2007 Vergil’s Aeneid How to read the Aeneid Myth in a Literary Culture Myth: a traditional story, typically anonymous, variable, and handed down over several generations; the product of a largely oral culture In Archaic period, Greek culture was primarily oral, with limited literacy; by the Hellenistic period, elite Greek culture was primarily literary, and the chief focus of education was a close familiarity with literary classics What happens to myth during this process? In Archaic and Classical periods, myths are increasingly incorporated into specific works of literature and art (Homer, Hesiod, tragedy, etc.) By Hellenistic period, myths are increasingly known through these specific works of literature and art; references to myths start to become references to literature and art The Aeneid and the Transformation of the Homeric Epics Structure and storyline - Aeneid 1-6: parallels Odyssey (in reverse) o Odyssey : hero returns home after traveling to an unknown land to fight a war
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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 9- Vergil's Aeneid - November 9, 2007 Vergil's...

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