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Virgil's Augustan Epic

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ISBN-10: 0521353580

ISBN-13: 9780521353588

Edition: 1989

Authors: Francis Cairns

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An examination of the main characters in the Aeneid - Aeneas himself, Dido and Turnus - in the light of Virgil's contemporary Augustan political and literary ideology. The characters and the plot and incident of the epic are seen as embodying and exemplifying first the ancient ideals of kingship and concord, and second the Roman self-identification as at once 'Italian' and 'Trojan', and finally as reflecting the literary self-evaluation of the Augustan age. In the literary area, Virgil's relations with contemporary Roman elegy, with early Greek lyric and, most important, with Homer, are studied and reevaluated. Virgilian scholars and students of Augustan literature in general will find this…    
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Book details

List price: $94.99
Copyright year: 1989
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 3/16/1989
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 296
Size: 5.98" wide x 8.98" long x 1.10" tall
Weight: 1.408
Language: English

Divine and human kingship
Kingship and the love affair of Aeneas and Dido
Kingship and the conflict of Aeneas and Turnus
Concord and discord
Geography and nationalism
Dido and the elegiac tradition
Lavinia and the lyric tradition
The Aeneid as Odyssey
The games in Homer and Virgil
List of modern works cited
Index locorum
General index