Aeneid - Puvlius Vergilius Maro Aeneid is the single most...

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Puvlius Vergilius Maro Aeneid is the single most important work in Roman culture and potentially in Western Culture. Has to do with its cultural position. o The defining work of Roman Civilization. o While it is a symbol and icon of Roman civ. It is also a critique of Rome. Paradoxical work. Some of the paradox is built into its central work. The most important word in the Aeneid is Rome. (Roma) Roma is an anagram of the poets own name, Maro. Another anagram for roma is amor. Rome the civilization itself contains the world of the individual and love. Amor between Dido and Aeneas. This obstacle that amor creates for roma is another anagram of virgil’s name, Mora. o Mora is the latin word for delay or halting of the process. Maro must write why amor provides mora for Roma. Virgil is born in 70 dies in 19. Creative life goes from 42-19. Goes through three stages, each stage marked by a definite work. o 42-38 Pastoral stage when he writes pastoral poetry. F. Clogves. – Pollio, Gallos o 36-29 Didactic poetry. Georgics. – Caesar, Maecenas. o 29-19
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Epic Aeneid. – Caesar Augustus His works are always heavily political. Has to be extremely covert because if you say the wrong thing you could be killed. The Aeneid is in a sense unfinished. There are half lines in the work, not intended to be left. o Some episodes are a little rusty. o The ancient lives tell us that in 19 BC Virgil left Italy to spend three years traveling in Asia and intended to revise the Aeneid and then give up completely on poetry and move to philosophy. o On his way out to Asia he got no further than Greece. Fell ill in Athens where he met Augusts. Augustus brought him back and he died in September 19 BC. Leaving the work unfinished. o He left a will. In the will he instructed his executors to burn the Aeneid if anything happened to him during the three years he spent in Asia. o Augustus ordered that the terms of the will not be adhered to and the work was published in 18 BC in its unfinished state. Some people think that Aeneid was written to write up how great Augustus was and to support his reign. o This is not true. Caesar isn’t even necessarily mentioned. Pollio is mentioned and Pollio is a major supporter of Marc Antony. o Can be described as a model of skepticism, Doesn’t believe that poetry can stand in the political world. o In the Aeneid the presentation of the political world is very complicated. Cannot be assumed for praise of Augustan Rome. Aeneid’s relationship to the historical world is also complicated. o Not what Augustus would have expected. o Common for a leader to hire a poet to chronicle his achievements and his praises. o
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  • The Odyssey, The Aeneid, The Iliad, Fire, Golden Bough, Aeneas, Juno, Turnus, Dido, Anchises, Jupiter, Venus, Ascanius, Evander, Augustus, Mercury, Book 1, Book 2, Book 3, Book 4, Book 5, Book 6, Book 7, Book 8, Book 9, Aeneas, Book 1, Book 2, Book 3, Book 4, Book 5, Book 6, Book 7, Book 8, Book 9, Book 1, Book 2, Book 5, Book 8, Book 9

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