Virgil's Augustan Epic

Virgil's Augustan Epic

by Francis Cairns

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Virgil's Augustan Epic by Francis Cairns

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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ISBN-13: 9780521034968
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/28/2006
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.67(d)

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