Vergil's Empire: Political Thought in the Aeneid / Edition 368
In Vergil's Empire, Eve Adler offers an exciting new interpretation of the political thought of Vergil's Aeneid. Adler argues that in this epic poem, Vergil presents the theoretical foundations of a new political order, one that resolves the conflict between scientific enlightenment and ancestral religion that permeated the ancient world. The work concentrates on Vergil's response to the physics, psychology, and political implications of Lucretius' Epicurean doctrine expressed in De Rerum Natura. Proceeding by a close analysis of the Aeneid, Adler examines Vergil's critique of Carthage as a model of universal enlightenment, his positive doctrine of Rome as a model of universal religion, and his criticism of the heroism of Achilles, Odysseus, and Epicurus in favor of the heroism of Aeneas. Beautifully written and clearly argued, Vergil's Empire will be of great value to all interested in the classical world.
Part 1 Part I: The Foundations of Carthage and of Rome Chapter 2 The Theme of the Aeneid Chapter 3 The Song of Iopas and the Song of Vergil Chapter 4 The Carthaginian Enlightenment Chapter 5 Was There a Roman Enlightenment? Chapter 6 Lucretius' Teaching Chapter 7 Furor Chapter 8 Dido in Love Part 9 Part II: The Greater Order of Things Chapter 10 The Theme of the Aeneid Again Chapter 11 The Golden Age Chapter 12 Aeneas' Founding of Rome Chapter 13 World Empire Part 14 Part III: Pietatis Imago Chapter 15 Piety and Heroic Virtue Chapter 16 Aeneas and the Heroes Chapter 17 The Education of Aeneas, I Chapter 18 The Education of Aeneas, II