Approaches to Teaching Vergil's Aeneid

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Vergil's Aeneid has been the most continually read and discussed work by a Roman author in the history of Western literature. Yet it can be a challenging work to teach--Vergil is a complex, subtle poet; his culture and time are removed from us; and Latin is less studied in college than it was a generation ago.

Part 1 of this volume, "Materials," critiques the main English translations, lists reference works and resources (including those on the Internet), and gives an overview ...

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Overview

Vergil's Aeneid has been the most continually read and discussed work by a Roman author in the history of Western literature. Yet it can be a challenging work to teach--Vergil is a complex, subtle poet; his culture and time are removed from us; and Latin is less studied in college than it was a generation ago.

Part 1 of this volume, "Materials," critiques the main English translations, lists reference works and resources (including those on the Internet), and gives an overview of criticism. Part 2, "Approaches," strikes a balance between traditional and new approaches to the text. Among the subjects of these essays are Augustan politics, Homeric parallels, key terms (pietas, furor), narrative techniques, uses of simile, images of women, the treatment of warfare, and comparisons of the Aeneid with such works as Dante's Divine Comedy and Milton's Paradise Lost.

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"This stimulating and wide-ranging collection of essays is addressed primarily to instructors, some of whom may be non-classically trained, who will be teaching the Aeneid in translation at the undergraduate level, though it [is] valuable to all teachers of the Aeneid at whatever level, whether in Latin or English translation." --Bryn Mawr Classical Review

"This stimulating and wide-ranging collection of essays is addressed primarily to instructors, some of whom may be non-classically trained, who will be teaching the Aeneid in translation at the undergraduate level, though it [is] valuable to all teachers of the Aeneid at whatever level, whether in Latin or English translation." --Bryn Mawr Classical Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873527729
  • Publisher: Modern Language Association of America
  • Publication date: 4/28/2003
  • Series: Approaches to Teaching World Literature
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 268
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author


William S. Anderson is professor emeritus of classics at the University of California, Berkeley. He taught classics and comparative literature at Berkeley, the American Academy in Rome, the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome, and Yale University. He also served as Blegen Research Professor at Vassar College, First Robson Lecturer at Victoria College (Toronto), and research fellow at the University of Melbourne. He is the author of several articles and books on Roman poetry, including the frequently cited The Art of the Aeneid (1967). His most recent book is Why Horace? (Bolchazy, 1999).

Lorina N. Quartarone has taught at the University of Washington; Whitman College; and Loyola University, Chicago, and is currently assistant professor of classics and liberal studies at the University of Montana. Her research interests include Vergil and ancient representations of nature.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Series
Preface to the Volume
Pt. 1 Materials
Pt. 2 Approaches
Introduction 37
Pietas and Furor: Motivational Forces in the Aeneid 46
Trojan, Dardanian, Roman: The Power of Epithets in the Aeneid 53
"Frigid Indifference" or "Soaked Through and Through with Feeling"? Portrayal of Character in the Aeneid 60
The Public and Private Aeneas: Observations on Complex Responsibility 69
"Tum Pectore Sensus Vertuntur Varii": Reading and Teaching the End of the Aeneid 80
Vergil's Aeneas: The Best of the Romans 87
Homer, Pietas, and the Cycle of Duels in Aeneid 10 and 12 99
Vergil's Aeneid and the Evolution of Augustus 114
The Anger of Juno in Vergil's Aeneid 123
Vergil and the Monuments 131
Future Perfect Feminine: Women Past and Present in Vergil's Aeneid 138
Pietas, Furor, and Ecofeminism in the Aeneid 147
Feminae Furentes: The Frenzy of Noble Women in Vergil's Aeneid and the Letter of Cornelia, Mother of the Gracchi 159
Appreciating the Poetry of the Aeneid 168
Look Who's Talking: A Narratological Approach 176
Tragedy and Vergil's Aeneid 182
Dante's Vergil 190
Teaching the Aeneid with Milton's Paradise Lost 196
App. A Homeric Parallels 201
App. B Cultural, Historical, and Literary Terminology 225
Notes on Contributors 229
Survey Participants 233
Works Cited 235
Index 251
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