LSF Online Classics Lecture by Prof Llewelyn Morgan

Thursday 6 October 2022, 5:30pm

ABSTRACT:

Virgil’s Aeneid was an answer to Homer’s epics, a project to give Rome the grand literary foundation that Homer had given Greece in the Iliad and Odyssey. It is important to appreciate what an ambitious undertaking this was, since Homer had near-divine status in the Greco-Roman world, widely considered to be the origin of all Greek culture, not just literature, a scientist and philosopher as much as a poet. Virgil thus faces the task of creating a Roman epic that improves upon perfection. Never will you dismiss Virgil’s imitation of Homer as boring and unoriginal ever again…

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