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Lecture 14: Vergil's Aeneid - an Epic about Rome
I. The Aeneid as a product of its times: achievement
and its cost
Key line: "So hard and huge a task it was to found the Roman people (1.49; p. 4)
short translation: "No pain, no gain."
A little Roman humor about the founders: monkeys, bears, or dogs?
a. the ideal of Venus and Jupiter's prophecy (pp. 11-14); Antenor
armaque fixit Troia, nunc placida compostus pace quiescit
(lines 248-49 in LATIN! = lines 337-38 in transl.)
b. the end of the epic (p. 402); Turnus
c. death of the young: Marcellus in Book 6 (pp. 190-91); also (briefly in class; for you to look at):
Nisus and Euryalus in Book 9 (pp. 265-76); Pallas (pp. 309-12), Lausus and Mezentius (pp. 323-25) in Book 10
II. The Main Characters
a. her portrayal; similes on pp. 21 and 100
b. her motivation; her arguments with Aeneas (pp. 105-110) - we'll reargue this on class
role reversal: Aeneas meets Dido again in the underworld (pp. 175-176)
c. her tragedy; how defined
2. Turnusa. the Allecto episode (pp. 210-213)
b. his character, motivation, and demonism (pp. 261, 287, 369)
c. his tragedy; final simile on p. 401
3. Aeneas - after spring break. Have a good one!