This instance of a real people who played a real role in the early development of Rome

This instance of a real people who played a real role in the early development of Rome

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Unformatted text preview: This instance of a real people who played a real role in the early development of Rome, fighting in a war that can only be regarded as essentially fictitious, offers an example of how legend and history could easily coexist in the Roman mind. Virgil probably assumed that his contemporary readers would regard the primary legends of their national origins, those surrounding Aeneas, as true, and that they would recall Book XX of Homer's Iliad , in which Aeneas, after boasting of his illustrious lineage to Achilles and then engaging in combat against this greatest of Greek warriors, is rescued from certain death by the sea god Poseidon — the Roman Neptune — because it had been prophesied that Aeneas would be the leader of the Trojan survivors. Not only Greek literature but Greek religion, as well, was familiar to the Romans, who, during the...
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This note was uploaded on 11/23/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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