Week 9: Myth, History and Ideology II
Vergil, Aeneid, books 6, 7, 8, 12 (scroll down for links to the individual books)
read these book-by-book summaries for the parts of the Aeneid not read in full.
Study questions for the Aeneid:
1.What does Vergil owe to the Iliad and/or the Odyssey?
2. Why do you imagine Vergil makes such heavy use of material from the Iliad and the Odyssey? After all, he’s too good a poet to need Homer as an inspiration.
3. How does Vergil’s Aeneas differ from the Aeneas in the Iliad?
4. How should we understand the relationship between the Trojans in the Aeneid and the Romans of Vergil’s day?
5. What civic behaviors and values are promoted in the Aeneid? What would first-century BC Rome be like if it lived according to the values promoted in the Aeneid?
6. Why is it important that the Aeneid be set in the heroic past, specifically in the aftermath of the Trojan war?
7. What would you imagine the Aeneid would be like if it were a Greek tragedy instead of a Roman epic?