CLAS S-164 Virgil's Aeneid and The Epic Tradition

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Focuses on the Aeneid, paradigmatic epic of the West, from various perspectives, involving literary aesthetics and translation theory, how poems work, Homeric and other intertextuality, concepts of heroism and anti-heroism, individual choice vs. public responsibility, critique of empire then, now, and in between. Concurrent attention to Virgil tradition in early Christianity, Dante, Milton,
Dryden, the Romantics, post-WWI Modernists; reception in music, art, and iconography.