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Arms and the Man | Study Guide

George Bernard Shaw

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George Bernard Shaw

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Romance, Satire

About the Title

The title, Arms and the Man, comes from a line in Roman poet Virgil's (70–19 BCE) epic poem Aeneid (c. 30 BCE) about the founding of Rome: "I sing of arms and the man who first from the shores of Troy came destined an exile to Italy and the Lavinian beaches." As Arms and the Man satirizes or ridicules the sort of nationalistic military heroism portrayed in the Aeneid, the title is meant ironically or contrastingly.


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