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  • 1. POETIC TECHNIQUE IN THE AENEID Divine Quest pages 65-71
  • 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. 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. 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. Structure • Not oral • Planned, written and polished • Unity • Division • Links
  • 6. Structure • Not oral • Planned, written and polished • Unity • Division • Links