25_Aeneid(2)

25_Aeneid(2) - Horace, Odes , 3.25: Where are you taking...

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Unformatted text preview: Horace, Odes , 3.25: Where are you taking me, Bacchus , full of your presence? Which forests, into which caves am I dragged, quickened by an unfamiliar mind? In which grottoes will I be heard composing the insertion of the eternal glory of extraordinary Caesar among the stars and the council of Jupiter? I will speak of something brilliant, recent, voiced by no other mouth until now. No differently on the mountain slopes does the Bacchant reveler wake up amazed at the view of the river Hebrus, and of Thrace glistening with snow, and of Mount Rhodope traversed only by barbarian feet, as do I now derive pleasure from marveling at the river banks and the empty forest, away from the beaten path. O god with power over the Naiad nymphs and over the Bacchants who in their rapture can uproot towering ash trees with their bare hands, I will speak of nothing small, of nothing mortal, and in no humble fashion . Sweet is the danger, Lenaean Bacchus , to follow the god who entwines his temples with green ivy. 23 BC : Odes , 1-3 DEFUSE TENSIONS relax in the do not think about OF CIVIL WAR countryside the future indirect celebration of Augustus ; he is not the primary focus Click to edit Master subtitle style Venus Aeneas Ascanius Vergils Aeneid published 19 BC , story of Aeneas Venus = = Anchises Aeneas = = Creusa Ascanius 1183 BC : Aeneas leaves Troy and in 1177 founds Lavinium . 1174 : Ascanius founds Alba Longa , the city of Romulus . 753 : Romulus founds Rome . Rage : sing, Goddess , the rage of Achilles , son of Peleus, murderous , that inflicted countless woes upon the Greeks, and that flung many valiant souls into Hades - souls of heroes - and left their corpses as food for dogs and kinds of birds, as Zeus' will was accomplished, in accordance with which those two first clashed: Agamemnon lord of men, and godlike Achilles . Which of the immortals brought them together to fight in strife ? Apollo , son of Zeus and Leto. For he, offended by the king, aroused a horrible plague throughout the army, and crowds perished, because he dishonored Chryses, Apollos priest he, the son of Atreus. ( Iliad , 1.1-12) [Homer proceeds to tell the story of how Agamemnon dishonored Chryses] The man : sing to me of him, Muse , the clever man who drifted everywhere , after he had stormed the holy citadel of Troy; of many different men did he see their cities and learn their thinking, and many woes he suffered in his heart at sea, while he fought for his life and for the home-coming of his comrades. But not even thus could he save his comrades , although he tried, for their own recklessness destroyed them -- fools , who ate the cattle of Helios , the Sun God, and he took from them the day of their homecoming....
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This note was uploaded on 05/05/2011 for the course CLAS 146 taught by Professor Solomon during the Spring '11 term at Vanderbilt.

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