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Vergil's Aeneid: A Poem of Grief and Love
     

Vergil's Aeneid: A Poem of Grief and Love

by Farron
 

For more than a century, critics of the Aeneid have assumed that all or most of its episodes must propound something about Aeneas and his mission to found the Roman people, and through them about Rome and Augustus; whether that is their positive aspects, or their brutality and destructiveness, or the contrast between the public "voice" of their achievements and the

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For more than a century, critics of the Aeneid have assumed that all or most of its episodes must propound something about Aeneas and his mission to found the Roman people, and through them about Rome and Augustus; whether that is their positive aspects, or their brutality and destructiveness, or the contrast between the public "voice" of their achievements and the private "voice" of the suffering they cause. This book argues that this assumption is wrong; the Aeneid's main purpose was to present a series of emotionally moving episodes, especially pathetic ones.
This book shows that the Aeneid makes more sense when regarded primarily as a series of emotion-arousing episodes than as expressing a pro-Aeneas, anti-Aeneas or two voices message. That is how it was regarded into the nineteenth century and that is what the ancient Greeks and Romans assumed was the main purpose of literature.

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From the Publisher
'...he deserves credit for his courage and originality.'
Nicholas Horsfall, Vergilius, 1993.
'...this book laudably stresses the emotional impact of the Aeneid, and contains much interesting material on romantic and emotional elements in ancient literarture.'
S.J. Harrison, Classical Review, 1995.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789004096615
Publisher:
Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
06/01/1993
Series:
Mnemosyne, Supplements Series , #12
Pages:
174
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.52(h) x 0.95(d)

Meet the Author

Steven Farron is Associate Professor of Classics in the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He has published extensively on the Aeneid in e.g. Acta Classica, Greece and Rome, Vergilius, and Enciclopedia Virgiliana.

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