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O12. Aeneid I-IV

O12. Aeneid I-IV - Classics 2123 The Roman Way Lecture 12...

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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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