Virgil's Aeneid: Interpretation and Influence by Michael C. J. Putnam

By Michael C. J. Putnam

During this number of twelve of his essays, exceptional Virgil pupil Michael Putnam examines the Aeneid from a number of diversified interpretive angles. He identifies the topics that permeate the epic, presents distinctive interpretations of its person books, and analyzes the poem's impact on later writers, together with Ovid, Lucan, Seneca, and Dante. additionally, a tremendous essay on wrathful Aeneas and the strategies of Pietas is released right here for the 1st time.Putnam first surveys the highbrow improvement that formed Virgil's poetry. He then examines a number of of the poem's recurrent dichotomies and metaphors, together with idealism and realism, the road and the circle, and piety and fury. In succeeding chapters, he examines intimately the that means of specific books of the Aeneid and argues shut studying of the top of the epic is important for realizing the poem as an entire and Virgil's objectives in composing it.

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Anger, Blindness, and Insight in Virgil's Aeneid," Apeiron 23 (1990). Reprinted from Martha C. , The Poetics of Therapy (Edmonton: Academic Printing and Publishing, 1990) 7-40, by permission of Academic Printing and Publishing. "Virgil's Tragic Future: Senecan Drama and the Aeneid," La Storia, La Letteratura e l'Arte a Roma da Tiberio a Domiziano: Atti del Convegno (1992) 231-91. Reprinted by kind permission of Professor Claudio Gallico and the Accademia Nazionale Virgiliana. "Virgil's Inferno," Materiali e Discussioni per l'analisi dei Testi classici 20 (1988) 165-202.

ALK. PAPER) 1. VIRGIL. AENEID. 2. AENEAS (LEGENDARY CHARACTER) IN LITERATURE. 3. EPIC POETRY, LATIN- HISTORY AND CRITICISM. 4. LITERATURE, MODERN- ROMAN INFLUENCES. 5. ROMEIN LITERATURE. 6. VIRGILINFLUENCE. I. TITLE. 01 DC20 94-19891 CIP 99 98 97 96 95 54321 Page v FOR THE AMERICAN ACADEMY IN ROME 1894-1994 Page vii CONTENTS Preface ix Sources and Acknowledgments xi Abbreviations xiii Introduction 1 1. The Virgilian Achievement 9 2. Possessiveness, Sexuality, and Heroism in the Aeneid 27 3. The Third Book of the Aeneid: From Homer to Rome 50 4.

There is always a divine side to existence. Aristaeus can turn for help to Cyrene and Proteus, and apprehend the exalted lessons of source and variety in nature. Orpheus can charm death itself. But there is always the mortal world of emotion in all its forms. Virgil's suggestion is not only that life comes out of death, bees born from a slaughtered bullock, or even that death follows life. It is also too limiting to assert that, in spite of individual loss, the universe remains immortal. Rather he posits existence as made up of this strange mixture of tragic and comic, human and divine, of death and birth, on the one side, of poetry and power (once more), of Octavian and Virgil on the other, serving as complements and inextricably intertwined.

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