INTRODUCTION

In composing theAeneid, Virgil had inherited the peculiar task of tracing the Roman nation from a group of Trojan refugees. The possibilities for an epic of national foundations are rich. Not only does the westward shift from the eastern Mediterranean world suggest self-defining contrasts with other...

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Published in: Virgil's Gaze p. 1
Main Author: J.D. Reed
Format: Book Chapter
Language: English
Published: Princeton University Press 02-09-2009
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War
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Summary: In composing theAeneid, Virgil had inherited the peculiar task of tracing the Roman nation from a group of Trojan refugees. The possibilities for an epic of national foundations are rich. Not only does the westward shift from the eastern Mediterranean world suggest self-defining contrasts with other nations (nations over which the Romans had gained dominion); an origin in the world of Greek mythology, but in a city opposed to the Greeks, makes the mediation of Hellenism in any such account—and in the very form it takes—necessary but complicated. Virgil’s poem, in fact, represents (among other things) a
ISBN: 9780691127408
0691127409