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Unformatted text preview: Virgil (70-19 B.C.E.) The Aeneid What do I need to read? The Roman Empire Pages 1041-1043 in Vol. A Virgil Pages 1052-1054 in Vol. A The Aeneid Pages 1052 (Books I, IV, VI, VIII, XII) in Vol. A Who is Virgil anyway? he was born Publius Vergilius Maro in a peasant family near Mantua, Italy, in 70 B.C.E. he was later sent to Rome to further his education he is considered the greatest Roman poet he devoted the last years of his life to writing The Aeneid , the epic story of the foundation of Rome and Virgil's embodiment of Roman ideals he was a member of the court circle of Emperor Augustus Augustus had finally brought peace to a world that had been racked for over a century in civil war Virgil used the epic to restate the national ideals Augustus wanted for the new age of peace and prosperity and to please his emperor from a statue of Virgil How is the epic written? it has 12 books with about 60 lines unfinished it incorporates various legends of Aeneas the first 6 books are patterned after The Odyssey , with many imitative passages and even direct translations the last 6 books are modeled on The Iliad Virgil also used the model of Romes own national legend about the war fought under Romulus against the Sabines, from an Indo-European myth the Roman belief in a legendary past helped to shape the destiny of the Roman Empire in books 1-4 Aeneas is in Carthage; Dido dies in books 5-7 Aeneas is in Latium, preparing for war in books 8-12 Aeneas fights against Turnus and kills him the books are alternating; the even-numbered books are weighty and tragic; the odd-numbered books lessen the tension The wanderings of Aeneas How is Aeneas future predicted in The Iliad ? In Book 20 of The Iliad , Poseidon/Neptune says that Jupiter/Zeus might be angry if Achilles killed Aeneas, who after all is destined to survive and to save the House of Dardanus [the Trojan royal line] from extinction a house whose founder Zeus loved more than any other child he had by a mortal mother. Priams line has fallen out of favor with [Zeus], and now the great Aeneas shall be the King of Troy and shall be followed by his childrens children in the time to come. Who are the major characters in the epic? Characters in The Aeneid Aeolus - king of the winds....
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