Virgil's Augustan Epic

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 16, 1989 - History - 280 pages
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An examination of the main characters in the Aeneid - Aeneas himself, Dido and Turnus - in the light of Virgil's contemporary Augustan political and literary ideology. The characters and the plot and incident of the epic are seen as embodying and exemplifying first the ancient ideals of kingship and concord, and second the Roman self-identification as at once 'Italian' and 'Trojan', and finally as reflecting the literary self-evaluation of the Augustan age. In the literary area, Virgil's relations with contemporary Roman elegy, with early Greek lyric and, most important, with Homer, are studied and reevaluated. Virgilian scholars and students of Augustan literature in general will find this book of interest to them.
 

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Contents

1 Divine and Human Kingship
1
2 Kingship and the Love Affair of Aeneas and Dido
29
3 Kingship and the Conflict of Aeneas and Turnus
58
4 Concord and Discord
85
5 Geography and Nationalism
109
6 Dido and the Elegiac Tradition
129
7 Lavinia and the Lyric Tradition
151
8 The Aeneid as Odyssey
177
9 The Games in Homer and Virgil
215
List of Modern Works Cited
249
Index Locorum
271
General Index
276
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