POETIC TECHNIQUE IN THE
AENEID
Divine Quest pages 65-71
Existing legends
• Virgil taps into existing legend
• Aeneas in Homer
• Legend evolved 700 years
• Temples to Venus and Ae...
Virgil’s own details
• Dido a real figure?
• Virgil created her tragic character
• Historical figures and places used
– Si...
Virgil and Homer
• Virgil draws much from Homer
• Books 1-6 Odyssey
• Books 7-12 Iliad
• But Aeneid far more than simple i...
Structure
• Not oral
• Planned, written and polished
• Unity
• Division
• Links
Structure
• Not oral
• Planned, written and polished
• Unity
• Division
• Links
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Poetic technique in the aeneid

  1. 1. POETIC TECHNIQUE IN THE AENEID Divine Quest pages 65-71
  2. 2. Existing legends • Virgil taps into existing legend • Aeneas in Homer • Legend evolved 700 years • Temples to Venus and Aeneas’ wanderings • Romans seeking fashionable origins • Legends told to justify Roman conquest – Greece – Asia Minor – Africa • Caesar claims Iulus
  3. 3. Virgil’s own details • Dido a real figure? • Virgil created her tragic character • Historical figures and places used – Sibyl’s cave – Lake Evernus – Cape Palinurus • Ancient Greek tales about Troy woven with stories of Italy • Epic poetry becomes an expression of nationhood
  4. 4. Virgil and Homer • Virgil draws much from Homer • Books 1-6 Odyssey • Books 7-12 Iliad • But Aeneid far more than simple imitation • Writing for a very different audience
  5. 5. Structure • Not oral • Planned, written and polished • Unity • Division • Links
  6. 6. Structure • Not oral • Planned, written and polished • Unity • Division • Links

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