Virgils Augustan Epic by Francis CairnsVirgils Augustan Epic by Francis Cairns

Virgils Augustan Epic

byFrancis Cairns

Paperback | December 14, 2006

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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.
Title:Virgils Augustan EpicFormat:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.67 inPublished:December 14, 2006Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521034965

ISBN - 13:9780521034968

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Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Divine and human kingship; 2. Kingship and the love affair of Aeneas and Dido; 3. Kingship and the conflict of Aeneas and Turnus; 4. Concord and discord; 5. Geography and nationalism; 6. Dido and the elegiac tradition; 7. Lavinia and the lyric tradition; 8. The Aeneid as Odyssey; 9. The games in Homer and Virgil; List of modern works cited; Index locorum; General index.