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10/09/07 Other Epics The battle between Ajex and Achilles is more emphasized in other epics than it is in Homeric epics Latin literary treatments of Odysseus are generally more negative than Greek ones. Virgil (70-19 B.C.) -- The Aeneid , like Vigil’s lifetime experience, reflects the chaotic period (struggling from a republican paradigm to an imperial paradigm) Greek City States Republic Roman Empire Virgil celebrates the establishment of Empire. (On the contrary, Horace, Virgil’s rival poet, moaned over the loss of the Republic.) His Iliad may reflect his political propaganda. A strong national consciousness can be found in The Aeneid. National epics afterwards are all somehow influenced by Virgil. Virgil’s other works— Ecologues, Georgics (didacticism) Ennius was another major Roman historical epic writer in Virgil’s time. Virgil died in 19 B.C. and left the work Iliad incomplete. This explains why this work may read incomplete or not fully expressing Virgil’s writing style. Latin—
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Unformatted text preview: lingua franca , a language understood by everyone (in this case, every educated person). Virgil is a Latin writer. Homer’s influence did not emerge until Renaissance. However, Virgil’s influence began in his time. Primary Epic v.s. Secondary Epic Primary epics derived from oral sources. They tend to focus on a single epic hero. They preceded secondary epics. Secondary epics are solid written works. They use heavy references of primary epics. Virgil’s anxiety of influence —Homeric epics influenced Virgil’s works; Virgil’s consumed by Homeric epics. Greek Epic cycles mostly fall into Thebon and Trojan cycles (stories oriented within similar storylines) . Post-cyclic Greek epics can be divided into two main categories: Mythological epics and historical epics. Ex: Mythological epic—Ovid; Historical epic—Ennius The Aeneid is different from other Latin epics primarily because Virgil integrated both mythological and historical materials into this work....
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This note was uploaded on 06/20/2011 for the course WRT 102 taught by Professor Frost during the Spring '08 term at SUNY Stony Brook.

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