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


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.