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Aen1. Notes to Aeneid I-IV

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Classics 2123: The Roman Way Spring 2008 Notes to Virgil’s Aeneid , Books I-IV Virgil’s Aeneid , strongly modeled on Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey , was considered even in antiquity the great epic of Rome. It tells the story of the Trojan Aeneas who, after the destruction of Troy by the Greeks, sets sail to establish a new city in Italy, one that will one day become Rome. Before he actually lands in Italy he has numerous adventures (recounted in Book III) and as the epic opens, he is just about to land on the coast of north Africa, where he and his men will be taken in by Dido, the queen of Carthage. Only in Book VII will he finally land in Italy, and he will then be occupied with numerous wars against the native inhabitants. Names : Trojans ( also called Dardans, Dardanians, Teucrians) – Lycians – Greeks ( also called Danaans, Argives) Aeneas, son of Anchises and Venus Anchises, father of Aeneas Ascanius ( also called Iülus), son of Aeneas and Creüsa Achates, faithful (and quiet) companion of Aeneas Hector, Troy’s defender and greatest fighter Helen, wife of Menelaus of Sparta; abducted by Paris, she was the cause of the Trojan War Andromache, wife of Hector; enslaved at the fall of Troy Ulysses (the Latin form of Odysseus), wily Greek hero responsible for the stratagem of the Trojan Horse Dido ( also called Elissa), queen of Carthage, a refugee from Phoenicia G ODS : Jupiter ( also called Jove), Juno, Neptune, Pallas ( also called Minerva), Venus ( also called Cytherea), Mercury (son of Maia) P LACES : Troy ( also called Pergamum), Carthage (colony of Phoenicia whose main cities were Tyre and Sidon), Greece ( also called Argos), Latium, Italy ( also called Hesperia, Ausonia), Sicily ( also called Trinacria). Book I . The opening book of the Aeneid , like that of the Iliad and Odyssey , begins in the middle of the story; the Trojans have just left Sicily on their way to Italy, but are blown off-course, and land instead on the northern coast of Africa and the city of Carthage. Line 1 131: Our first view of Aeneas. What do we learn about him here? How would you characterize Aeneas here and below at lines 276 ff.?
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