Classics 2123: The Roman WaySpring 2008Lecture 12. Virgil’s Aeneid, Books II-VIIII. Dido and Aeneas-Dido’s story: the wrong done her husband; her exile; her foundation of Carthage-her welcoming of the Trojans (the concern of Jupiter)-the plot of Venus-her shame, and her vow to her dead husband, Sychaeus-the plot of Venus and Juno; the ‘marriage’ in the cave-Dido and Aeneas forget their roles; Jupiter intervenes-conflict between Dido and Aeneas: what issues are at stake?-her resolution to die; her cursing of Aeneas (an aetiology of Roman-Carthaginian hatred); her ‘epitaph’-her death: the appearance of Isis; the narrator’s comments-the responsibility for her death: herself? the gods? some combination of the two?-their meeting in the underworld: a reversal of roles?II. From Troy to Italy-opening scene in Book I: Aeneas in the past, wishing to be back in Troy-the pictures at Dido’s palace at Carthage: scenes from his heroic past-
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