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Areas of Study
- Vergil's Vision of the Underworld (specific sections or an overview)
- Vergil and Augustus
- Vergil and the Glory of Rome
- Vergil and his Antecedents
- The Post-Vergilian Literary Tradition
- Literary Analysis of Specific Passages
Specific Topics (for those of you who are challenged!)
- Discuss the role of Fate (fatum) in Vergil’s Aeneid. In what ways is the term used? How does it relate to the mission of Aeneas?
- Show how Vergil employs similes and other images from the world of nature to enhance the reader's understanding of Aeneid 6.
- Referring to particular scenes and episodes from the Aeneid, demonstrate how Vergil is more than a mere imitator of Homer.
- What impression do we get of the character of Aeneas throughout the poem? Does it remain the same or change over time?
- In what ways does Vergil use Roman history in the Aeneid? Is the Aeneid intended as propaganda for Augustus and his new régime?
- Demonstrate, by reference to at least THREE individuals other than Aeneas, how Vergil creates interest in their characters.
Resources and Bibliography