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Roman Civ notes 16:10 Difference between otium and negotium Horace Odes Focus on otium Rejects traditional public Roman values 23BC: odes, 1-3 Defuse tensions of civil war Relax in the countryside Do not think about the future Indirect      celebration of Augustus; He is not the primary focus Demographic in mind: those who feel tense, the optimates who miss the days of  the republic, not the populares  Lyric poetry – intimate with close friends Epic poetry – most revered form of literature 19 BC Virgil’s Aeneid All Romans knew the Aeneid, rich and poor People learned how to write latin from the Aeneid
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Central to their civilization Aeneid creates tensions where you least expect it…dark, surprisingly unsettling,  even to Romans
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Unformatted text preview: Why did Romans identify with such an unsettling peace Livy is Virgil’s contemporary Epic Poem: • Audience expects: o Celebration of a hero in war o Tribute to the gods o Moral examples of posterity o Celebration of rome o Aeneas = Augustus, ‘founder of rome’ Trojan horse: parody of pietas (highjacking pietas) think of cicero’s speech Greeks win by trickery, by highjacking Roman values like pietas Neoptolomus Priam – not a good fighter, nice grandfatherly type, good guy (but is a good guy what we want leading us in this critical situation?) 4/4 16:10 Book 10: Gods may be responsible for Rome’s greatness, but are incapable of reading the story’s moral aspects 16:10...
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