Postponing until Book II the account of Troy

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Unformatted text preview: Postponing until Book II the account of Troy's invasion by the Greeks, which is the chronological starting point of his poem, Virgil begins the Aeneid at what may well be its most crucial and dramatic moment: at the very instant when the Trojans, after many years of wandering, are swept away from their goal of finding a homeland and are stranded on foreign shores that Virgil's readers would have recognized as enemy territory. The elation that the Trojans all felt as they sailed from Sicily is changed to horror and despair, and although by this time Aeneas has been given many prophecies of his eventual success, he must struggle to summon up a brave front for the benefit of his disconsolate companions. This opening book offers an excellent example of the literary device known as in medias res , a Latin expression meaning "in the middle of things." Common to ancient epics, this narrative technique expression meaning "in the middle of things....
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