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Monday, June 27 • 6:45pm - 7:45pm
8B1 Vergilius Tragicus

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Vergil's Aeneid, the poem that T. S. Eliot considered the single central work of the Western canon, has been loved, hated, praised, and reviled for over two millennia. Most agree on its importance; few, however, seem to agree on what it's really about or what its point is, if it has one. Is it chiefly a political tract in epic dress, supporting the Augustan settlements, or (though Vergil denied that he would ever write epic) is it genuine epic with a political overlay? Could it perhaps be something else entirely? This paper draws chiefly upon the poem itself and upon Horace's Odes to show that while the Aeneid is indisputably in the form of an epic, Vergil was deliberately following the internal rationale of Euripidean tragedy. Viewing the poem in this light suggests some different ways of understanding its message as well as its diction, tone, and imagery.


Donald Connor

Vice President, American Classical League

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Bruce McMenomy

Instructor, Principal, Scholars Online
I've been teaching Latin, Greek, literature (classical and other), and history online since 1993. In both Latin and Greek, but also in literature courses in English, my chief goal is mastery of the language, and an understanding of how an author means what he or she means. To that end, I wrote Syntactical Mechanics, which was published by the University of Oklahoma in 2014. | | My B.A. is from Pomona College in Claremont, CA; at UCLA I got as... Read More →

Monday June 27, 2016 6:45pm - 7:45pm
San Jacinto Center Room 206

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