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Reading Vergil: Aeneas and Dido Publius Vergil ius Maro (70-19 B.C.E .) Prologue: Arms and the Man arma virumque cano (of arms and the man I sing) Homer , Greek oral poet Iliad (anger of Achilles) 24 books Odyssey (wanderings of Odysseus) 24 books 12 books of Aeneid (Books 1-6 recall Odyssey ; books 7-12 recall Iliad ) Baleful Juno invocation of the Muse (line 13) “Can anger Black as this prey on the minds of heaven?” Gods in Vergil represent or define moral and political order of universe or the lack of moral and political order Character of Aeneas “ man does what he must - in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures - and that is the basis of all human morality.” John F. Kennedy, Profiles of Courage obstacles facing Vergil writing an Aeneid (1) the varied amd conflicting myths of Aeneas (2) allusions to Augustus, descendant of Aeneas and ruler in Rome myths of Aeneas Homer’s Iliad ; Hector, Trojan hero – defender of Troy (1) Book 5 and Diomedes (goddess Aphrodite - Roman Venus)
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