ACLC 3-12 - Theban Saga-43BCE – 17CE-Roman poet who wrote...

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ACLC 3/12/08 Aeneid Book VI - Prophetic madness (lines 45-50) o Ecstasy – ex-stasis o Possession (75-80) - Prophecy inverts Trojan War (85-90) o Xanthus streams with blood (Troy) o Tiber streams with blood (Rome) o All caused by “foreign” bride o Not nearly as big a deal as Troy, but Vergil is clearly using poetic license and everything in Rome’s mythological arsenal to parallel Homer. - Divine knowledge (100-105) o Madness to mortals o Beyond human comprehension o Indistinguishable from wild/savage - Significance of burial (150-155) o Bound to honor dead comrades o Necessity of burial for dead in Underworld (325-379) Those left without a home after death (not properly buried) Apolis o Palinurus (360-370) Parallels Elpenor in Iliad - Dido (455-465) - Anchises (680-end) - Reincarnation of souls (680) o Spirit/mind (725-750) o Body o 1000 years of cleansing - Future generations (755) o Romulus, Caesar, Augustus o Aeneas’ life paralleled to Brutus (820) o Rome’s destiny to govern (845) Ovid Metamorphoses
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Unformatted text preview: Theban Saga-43BCE – 17CE-Roman poet who wrote on many topics, including love, abandoned women and mythological transformations-Ranked along side Virgil and Horace as one of the three canonical poets of Latin literature-His poetry, much imitated during Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, had a decisive influence on European art and literature for centuries -Ovid made use of wide range of meters o The Metamorphoses was written in dactylic hexameter o Generally considered a great master of the elegiac couplet-Banished by Augustus in 8 BCE (obviously contemporary of Augustus and Vergil – also of Horace)-Early Theban History o Jupiter and Europa Crete o Cadmus Follow the cow • A heifer is a female cow that hasn’t given birth before Slay the dragon Sow the teeth Spartoi (“sown men”) Found Thebes o Pentheus & Bacchus (Dionysus) Orgy (sacred rights)...
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