The Last Trojan Hero: A Cultural History of Virgil's Aeneid

The Last Trojan Hero: A Cultural History of Virgil's Aeneid

by Philip Hardie

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“I sing of arms and of a man: his fate had made him fugitive: he was the first to journey from the coasts of Troy as far as Italy and the Lavinian shores.” The resonant opening lines of Virgil's Aeneid rank among the most famous and consistently recited verses to have been passed down to later ages by antiquity. And after the Odyssey and the Iliad, Virgil's masterpiece is arguably the greatest classical text in the whole of Western literature. This sinuous and richly characterised epic vitally influenced the poetry of Dante, Petrarch and Milton. The doomed love of Dido and Aeneas inspired Purcell, while for T S Eliot Virgil's poem was 'the classic of all Europe'. The poet's stirring tale of a refugee Trojan prince, 'torn from Libyan waves' to found a new homeland in Italy, has provided much fertile material for writings on colonialism and for discourses of ethnic and national identity. The Aeneid has even been viewed as a template and a source of philosophical justification for British and American imperialism and adventurism. In his major new book Philip Hardie explores the many remarkable afterlives - ancient, medieval and modern - of the Aeneid in literature, music, politics, the visual arts and film.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780857735065
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication date: 03/30/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 264
File size: 18 MB
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About the Author

Philip Hardie is Senior Research Fellow at Trinity College, University of Oxford, UK.

Table of Contents



'La donna è mobile.' Versions of Dido
The Many Faces of Aeneas
Empire and Nation
Imperium sine Fine. The Aeneid and Christianity
The Aeneid and New Worlds
Parody and Burlesque
Art and Landscape

Further Reading and Bibliography

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