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QUIZ #2 on Thursday. Please bring #2 pencils.
Materials covered: from last test through Aeneid.


Lecture 15: Vergil's Aeneid cont'd; ROMAN WOMEN

Vergil's Aeneid - The Main Characters

Dido (cont'd)


a. role reversal: Aeneas meets Dido again in the underworld (pp. 175-176)
b. her tragedy; how defined

Turnus

a. the Allecto episode (pp. 210-213)
b. his character, motivation, and demonism (pp. 261, 287, 369)
c. his tragedy; final simile on p. 401

Aeneas' heroism

a. no return to the past; Disneyland Troy of Helenus and Andromache (pp. 76-83)
b. depth of feelings and self-control (pp. 111-112) -- too much of a good thing (pp. 175-6)?
c. rage, arms, and the man (esp. Book 10); no St. Aeneas
d. Social responsibility (pietas): real men give more than they take

  One more key theme:   Order vs. mad disorder

Example: first section of Book 1 (1.1-398)

                        1.  divine:  Juno and the winds of Aeolus (pp. 5-6); Neptune
                        2.  historical/political: the first simile (pp. 8-9)
                        3.  mythological/ personal:  Aeneas (p. 10)

ROMAN WOMEN

I. Legal vs. social status (ius vs. mos);
e-man-cipation; tutor, auctoritas and potestas again

II. Marriages and weddings

1. coemptio and usus; confarreatio; mundus

2. ceremony; consensus, adfectus maritalis;
ubi tu Gaius, ego Gaia; Talasio; genius and juno
TO BE CONTINUED THURSDAY.

SOME ANCIENT VIEWS ON MODERN ISSUES

Soranus (gynecologist, 2nd cent. A.D.):

"For one party banishes abortives, citing the testimony of Hippocrates (5th cent. B.C., Hippocratic Oath) who says: 'I will give no one an abortive'; moreover, because it is the specific task of medicine to guard and preserve what has been engendered by nature. The other party prescribes abortives, but with discrimination, that is, they do not prescribe them when a person wishes to destroy the embryo because of adultery or out of consideration for youthful beauty; but only to prevent subsequent danger in parturition when the uterus is small and not capable of accommodating the complete development, or if the uterus at its orifice has knobbly swellings and fissures, or if some similar difficulty is involved. And they say the same about contraceptives as well, and we too agree with them." (Gynecology 1.19.60)

St. John Chrysostom ("Gold-Mouth'), bishop of Constantinople (4th cent. A.D.) on contraception:

"Indeed something worse than murder. I do not know what to call it. For it does not only destroy what is conceived but prevents it from being conceived."

modified 3/19/2011
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