Classics 2123: The Roman Way Spring 2008 Lecture 12: Virgil’s Aeneid , Books I-IV I. Publius Vergilius Maro (Virgil or Vergil)-born ca. 70, died ca. 19 BCE-from northern Italy; ancient tradition that his family lost land in the proscriptions of Octavian and Antony-first work, the Eclogues , pastoral poetry (but with awareness of the real world)-second work, the Georgics , a didactic poem about agriculture, viniculture, and animal husbandry: a work that reveals Virgil’s deep love for the earth-final work, the Aeneid , written in the years 30-19 BCE; left unfinished at the author’s death; story told that Virgil on his deathbed commanded that it be burnt, but his orders were countermanded by Augustus II. The Aeneid-an epic poem, strongly modelled on Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey , and set in the ‘heroic’ age (not a historical epic of the sort that the Romans knew)-recounts the journey to Italy of Aeneas, the legendary founder of the Roman state-Aeneas is an exile, who, when Troy was destroyed by the Greeks, escaped and after a
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