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Inferno 1-2, Aeneid 1-2 Cultural encounters 1
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Inferno 1-2, Aeneid 1-2 Dante’s encounter with Virgil What the Aeneid represents Allegory: a different way of reading Staging of cultural encounters 2
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Publius Vergilius Maro Born 70 BC, near Mantua. Died 19 BC, Brindisi. Grew up in last period of Roman civil wars, which ended, together with the Roman Republic, with the coming to power of Octavian after the battle of Actium in 31 BC. 3
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Who was Augustus? Octavian gained absolute power over the Senate, and ruled for forty years. He was given the honorific title “Augustus” in 27 BC since the Republican constitution of Rome had no title for King or Emperor. 4
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Virgil and Augustus Virgil met Octavian in 41 BC, when he risked losing his farm, and appealed to powerful political connections for help. Before the Aeneid , he wrote 10 “bucolic” or “country” poems called the Eclogues , published in 37 BC, one of which, written in Rome, is a famous tribute to Octavian. 5
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Virgil: life and works Virgil also wrote a poem about farming, the Georgics , published in 29 BC. The rest of his life he devoted to the Aeneid . In 19 BC he set out for Greece where he intended to study philosophy and perfect his work. There he met Augustus, who induced him to return to Italy. The poet was taken ill on the return journey, and died in Brindisi, a few days after landing, at the age of 50. In his last hours, he begged that the Aeneid be burned. 6
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The Aeneid : What’s it about? Georg Ludwig Jerrers, Weltgeschichte für Kinder (Nürnberg 1828)” 7 Aeneas, “a man remarkable for goodness” Journey (Odyssey ) War (Iliad ) Foundation of the city, country, fatherland.
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The Aeneid Some epic features Vatican City , Biblioteca Apostolica , Cod. Vat. lat. 3867), 5th century 8 1. begins in medias res 2. retrospective narration 3. descent into the Underworld 4. ekphrasis (description of works of art) 5. similes 6. involvement of the gods 7. invocation of the muses
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The Aeneid : some interpretations Oldest commentators of the Aeneid (especially Servius, 4th. c. AD) understood its purpose as praise of Augustus. 9
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20th century readings European, generally optimistic interpretation: that Virgil is pro-Augustus, pro-Rome, and pro-Western civilization. conquest of civilization over chaos and barbarity
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This note was uploaded on 04/24/2011 for the course ITALIAN 333 taught by Professor Cornish during the Winter '11 term at University of Michigan.

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